|Review: Speed Command - Vestiges of Peace|
|Vestiges of Peace|
Label: Metal Squad Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 6, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Vestiges of Peace
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Nothing better than finding a killer band you never heard of from some far-flung corner of the road. I came across Argentina's Speed Command after some mindless browsing online and decided to check them out, finding that despite a decade of existence, they've only had a handful of smaller releases before finally getting a full-length out this year. I'm certainly glad that I started here, because this shit kills hard.
Vestiges of Peace is exactly the kind of '80s Speed/Thrash worship you'd expect from dudes whose band photo has them wearing band shirts of Bathory, Sodom, and Exodus along with denim vests laden with patches, bullet belts, and spiked wristbands. It's fast, brutal, and shamelessly imitative of equally pissed-off acts like Slayer, Exodus, Kreator and Whiplash, but when has that ever been a mark against a band, especially when they're this good at it? Vocalist/guitarist Germán "Volknoz" Mulc sounds like the unsupervised raging bastard child of Mille and Killjoy with the occasional Arraya-esque wail throw in, and his vocals are the perfect match for the flailing riffs and blistering Hanneman-esque solos he wrings out, both of which will result in your skull fracturing a brick wall in no time. The rest of the band follows suit, with everyone playing as if they're trying to summon a mosh pit in your living room to kick your pansy ass as hard as their music does.
I mean, it's old-school Thrash that almost lives up to the bands it plagiarizes the daylights out of, what more could you ask for? Speed Command aren't the strongest Thrash act out there, but they are more than good enough to make them worthy of checking out.
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