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Review: Xentrix - Seven Words
Seven Words

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 49:47
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 9, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Seven Words

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Spiky logo and Dan Goldsworthy artwork of a guy wearing a gas mask in a scene of civil unrest? If you didn't know the U.K.'s Xentrix was a thrash band just by the name, those clues should have sealed the deal. These guys have been around since the late '80s under the Xentrix name and while I remember seeing their debut, Shattered Existence, from back in the day, I have no recollection of what it sounded like. Which brings me to their sixth album, Seven Words. It is a solid slab of Bay Area-influenced thrash with plenty of sweet riffs and vocals with enough grit and bile to suit the music, but not so much they fall into the harsh category. As for the music, it is a case of not being original but done well enough to make that irrelevant and the pounding drums and shout-along choruses of songs like "Spit Coin" and "Anything but the Truth" should have you putting your head down and wading into the pit in no time. They also do a decent job of thrashing up their cover of Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies." Seven Words should do nicely for fans of West Coast bands such as Testament and Trauma with perhaps a bit of Kreator thrown in.

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