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On disc: Morbid Carnage

Night Assassins - Mike Thompson - 8 stars

Night Assassins

Night Assassins
(Pulverised Records - 2010)

Lets take a trip back to the dim, dark, permed hair days of the eighties. You're in a dark, smoke-filled bar where a large bearded fellow is comatose on the bar in a pool of his own vomit whilst a group of other large, bearded men in leather jackets and denim vests are engaged in some serious quaffing around a ripped and torn pool table. The soundtrack to this scene would undoubtedly be thrash metal provided by some of the early greats – Exodus, Slayer, Sodom, Kreator. If you long for a return to these days when beer-fueled thrash was just about the heaviest thing a normal human brain could hope to hear then look no further than the Hungarian posse Morbid Carnage!
With the sudden resurgence in the popularity of old school thrash spearheaded by new bands playing in the old style and old bands actually releasing albums worthy of attention you could be forgiven for overlooking a small band from Hungary. However, if you do decide not to give Morbid Carnage a go then you are missing a gem of modern day, old school thrash!
Taking their cues from the likes of early Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Morbid Carnage have with Night Assassins delivered a non-stop sonic assault which, from the opening chords, grabs you by the short and curlies and refuses to let you go. There is some great musicianship on display throughout this album with some cool solos and good drumming. The greatest thing though is the heavy crunch of the guitars. This is exactly how the guitars in any thrash band should sound.
The vocals are very much a cross between Mille Petrozza (Kreator) and Marcel Schmier (Destruction). Gritty, heavy and full of venom; a typical thrash voice!
Morbid Carnage obviously follow the blueprint of the classic thrash bands so they don't really offer anything you haven't heard before but they play their music with great skill and passion and a true desire to thrash 'til death. Proclaiming one of their biggest influences to be beer these madmen are the epitome of the eighties thrash metal spirit - Windmill 'til your neck breaks, headbang 'til your skull cracks, drink until you collapse. Definitely an album you should check out!

8 stars

Mike Thompson


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