|Review: Pirana - Blood Zone|
Label: Concreto Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 2, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)
Piraña have been tearing through the Mexican underground with their brand of frenzied Thrash since 2003, and their third full-length, Blood Zone, sees them continuing to do so with style. This is their first release with Salvador "Chavagressor" Guerrero since he joined in 2015, and maybe that helps explain the refinement in their sound from the previous album, as it's just more of that early Metallica-inspired Bay Area Thrash mixed with the harsher edge of European Thrash and even a kick of punk without quite going into Crossover territory, just better. Guitarist César "Tarellevil" Tarello still rings out precise, piercing riffs while belting his rabid, hateful screams, but the songs are better structured and even have a bit more depth to them than before, capable of flowing from teeth smashers like "Gravedancer" to more varied numbers like "Under Heavy Fire", which starts off moody and ballad-esque before morphing into a full-throttle Thrash assault with vicious solo work, to the punky album closer "Rebelión", which is fully sung in their native Spanish. Overall, Piraña are among the more interesting and individual Thrash acts around at the moment, certainly more than most of the new bands on big name labels, and Thrash fans should definitely give them their support. Recommended.
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