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Slasher – Pray for the Dead Review

Released by: Independent

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Thrash Metal

Links: http://www.slasher.com.br/

 

Line Up:

Daniel Macedo (Vocal)

Lucas Aldigheri Bagatella (Guitar)

Lúcio Nunes (Guitar)

Wellington Clemente (Bass)

Taddei Roberto (Drums)

 

Tracklist:

01 Skeptic

02 World’s Demise

03 Hate

04 Pray For The Dead

05 Enemy Of Reality

06 Till The End

07 Broken Faith

08 Lifeless

09 Art Of War

10 Tormento Ou Paz

11 Time To Rise

 

I was pretty hesitant to put this album in the stereo for my first listen, mainly due to the fact that I’ve heard dozens of bands over the years going by the moniker of SLASHER and they’ve all been utter shite. The generic album title PRAY FOR THE DEAD didn’t exactly fill me with confidence either. Luckily for me, one thing I have learned as a music writer is to never judge a band AT ALL until you have listened to their music properly.

The first few minutes after pressing play I must say I wasn’t sold on the album at all, but after another ten or fifteen it really started to grown on me, and then by my second listen-through I found myself really ,really enjoying the band’s traditional approach to no frills Thrash Metal. Music wise there’s a bit of SLAYER, a bit of KREATOR, a bit of TESTAMENT, a bit of SEPULTURA and some VENOM, but the death-like growly vocals also give it a bit of an OBITUARY or CARNAL FORGE feel too. The gruff vocals and the thick, chunky production gives PRAY FOR THE DEAD a modern feel to it, without succumbing to the modern groove variation that newer thrash bands seem to all go for.

Tracks like WORLD’S DEMISE, HAT and BROKEN FAITH are all real ball-tearers and are all aggressive as you could possibly wish for, but LIFELESS and ART OF WAR are the two main tracks I found myself wanting to go back to. The guitar work here is pretty good throughout, although I could have done with a few more interesting solos occasionally, the vocals are deep, tough and really give the music a chaotic visceral feel, and the drum/bass rhythm section stay in perfect unison across the entire album.

In an era filled with hundreds of upstart Thrash Metal bands it’s really hard to find the gems hidden in the rough, but if you like your Thrash uncomplicated and aggressive, then Brazilian based SLASHER should be a band on your radar. There’s nothing here that makes me want to scream their name from the rooftops or anything, but PRAY FOR THE DEAD is a solid album from start to finish and a great foundation for the band to build upon.

 

Written by Zeezee

Ratings    Zeezee    7/10

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