Released by: High Roller Records
Release Date: Out Now!!!
Genre: Trash Metal
Matt Butcher – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Oli Whiskey – Lead Guitar
Jesse Mamano – Bass
Phil Macht – Drums
Pounding Metal (EXCITER Cover)
Drink Beer…Or Die Trying
Break The Wall
Wasted (All The Time)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love thrash metal. From the first instant I heard it years ago played by the likes of the Big Four (among many others,) I was hooked immediately. After years of listening to only KISS, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister (and the like) hearing this amped up, balls out style really got me going. And ironically enough, I’m the antithesis of the old man stereotype- the older I get the heavier the music I appreciate. As soon as I heard the name Alcoholator, I had a feeling I would like their album very much. I was correct.
Coma is the debut of Canadian thrashers Alcoholator. In the same vein as Tankard, Exciter, DRI, and the sort they play straight forward old school thrash metal. The songs definitely harken back to the glory days of the 80’s when thrash metal was in its early stages. With song titles like “Drink Beer Or Die Trying,” “Wasted (All The Time),” and “Liquid Thrash,” you essentially know everything you need to know about this High Roller Records artist. They love to drink beer, crank up the metal, and bang their heads.
Their sound is very much in line with the new wave of thrash that’s descended upon the scene the last few years like Gama Ray, Evile, and Bonded By Blood. And though I absolutely love what all of these bands (including Alcoholator) are doing, they lose points for not breaking any new ground. If I’m reaching to my CD rack wanting to listen to some old school music, I’m likely going to pick the old school band over the younger bands. Listening to their cover of Exciter’s classic track “Pounding Metal” secures what I just said. Awesome cover, but I’d likely listen to Exciter instead.
Despite the fact that Alcoholator aren’t doing anything cutting edge or unique, Coma is still a fun album to listen to and worthy of checking out. Matt Butcher, Oli Whiskey, Jesse Mamano, and Phil Macht have certainly created an excellent tribute to all things thrash, and for that I thank them for an enjoyable album. I’ll certainly follow these guys in the future, but as much as I enjoyed this album, I have to give it a 7 out of 10 stars, if for no other reason than there’s just nothing setting them apart from the pack.
Written by Chris