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Review: Xentrix - Bury the Pain
Bury the Pain

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 51:34
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 13, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Bury the Pain

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)

British thrashers Xentrix were one of those underground Thrash darlings of the '80s who went the way of most their brethren in the '90s and called it quits. In 2013, guitarist Kristian Harvard and drummer Dennis Gasser reformed the band, recruiting Hellfighter bassist Chris Shires and Bull-Riff Stampede guitarist Jay Walsh, and now they have released their fifth album, Bury the Pain. With their last album Scourge being released in 1996, the obvious question is whether or not this new one is any good.

Well, it's a little bit different than their lauded first two albums, but that doesn't stop it from being some top-quality Thrash. In fact, the band has gotten heavier since those days, now recalling the likes of Exhorder and classic Exodus. Every song is full of hard-hitting, testosterone-oozing, teeth-smashing Thrash riffs accompanied with some great melodies and the vocals of Jay Walsh, whose urgent, powerful delivery puts him among the best Thrash vocalists working today.

This album is a bit long at 10 tracks and a 51+ minute run time, but when it rips and tears as hard as this, that's hardly a detracting factor. With Bury the Pain, these veterans show they still have what it takes to thrash like the old days without sounding dated in the slightest. This is among the best Metal comebacks I've heard in a long time, and if you were a fan of their older material or just like Thrash in general, you won't regret adding this to your collection.

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