Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Crucified Mortals/Radiolokator Split (Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Split 7"
Date Released: 25/10/2012
Label: Doomentia Records


























If you like thrash then you will find what you like about the genre in both bands, while they are distinct from each other they both know how to SLAY. Another recommended release from the excellent Doomentia Records imprint.

‘Crucified Mortals/Radiolokator Split’ DD/7inch track Listing

1) Crucified Mortals  Late Night Butcher (3:26)
2) Crucified Mortals  Covert (2:44)
3) Radiolokator  Intro (1:38)
4) Radiolokator Vzpoura (4:39)
5) Radiolokator Rozklad Krve (4:02)


The Review

Cleveland, Ohio's Crucified Mortals are straight up, brutal, uncompromising thrash. If you like Kreator, classic Slayer, Destruction, Exodus et al. then this is for you. Brutal riffs intertwine with bass drum flurries with some nice time changes and a VERY metal bass sound to beat you into submission.

“The Late Night Butcher” has all the traits you would want from thrash of any vintage, while “Covet” starts fast and uses the tried and true “snare on 2 and 4 to snare on 1 and 3” turnaround to great effect. Lyrics that would make Cannibal Corpse proud jump in as the thrash just keeps on coming...

Meanwhile, over on side 2 (or halfway, if you prefer), the Czech thrash beast that is Radiolokator start off with a lovely acoustic “Intro” that is reminiscent of the start of Sepultura's “Beneath The Remains” that fades away to usher in the menacing chug of “Vzpoura”. Excellent early shredding solo with nice cymbal touches abound as the bass drums roll. The pace is pushed to warp speed for the verse as the guitars intertwine nicely. There is an almost anarchic hardcore feel to the music- it is pretty extreme in terms of thrash. “Rozklad Krve” (a SAX cover, apparently) continues with machine gun kick pedal and frantic vocals. Blast beats show up here too- as noted previously this is extreme for thrash metal. Great riffs, tight playing and the ubiquitous thrash time changes work well to give a satisfying conclusion to this split.

If you like thrash then you will find what you like about the genre in both bands, while they are distinct from each other they both know how to SLAY. Another recommended release from the excellent Doomentia Records imprint.

Buy here


1 comment:

unknown said...

Both Reaper and Zack were members of Nunslaughter, Reaper is now just a session member. Zack is no longer in Crucified Mortals, Reaper has always been the main songwriter. Thanks for posting!