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Review: Extinction - The Apocalypse Mark
The Apocalypse Mark

Label: Revalve Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 36:24
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 7, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Apocalypse Mark

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Extinction started in '95, released a demo in '96, vanished in '97, reappeared in 2014, and finally got around to releasing a debut full-length called The Monarch Slaves in 2017. This story is nothing new but always nice to hear, and that's a good way to describe this album. This is old-school Death/Thrash in the vein of early Death and Beneath the Remains/Arise-era Sepultura, albeit far less innovative or exciting. The playing is good, the riffs heavy and crisp, the solos are excellent, and Filippo's grunts are perfectly convincing. That said, there is a bit of sterility to the musicianship, kind of like it was made by scientists in a lab trying to recreate early Death/Thrash, which ends up making the songs fairly repetitive and samey while lacking any really good hooks. Still, it's hard to deny that underground magic that calls back to the Golden Age, even if it tends to do so in a rote and generic way. Worth a listen.

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