|Review: M-pire of Evil - Crucified|
Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 13, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
M:Pire of Evil, the band featuring founding Venom guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn and one-time Venom bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, has certainly been prolific during their short career. They've released two EPs and now, with 2013's Crucified, two full-length albums in three years. Crucified is what you would expect from the Venom veterans; modern Thrash with no frills, no grooves and no ballads. M:Pire of Evil roar out of the gate with the punishing "Temples of Ice" and hardly let up over the course of 11 songs. The tempos are generally quick and the riffs ferociously non-stop. Some of the songs, like "Parasite" and "Blackened Are the Priests," have appeared on Venom albums with line-ups featuring Dunn and Dolan, so it's a bit cheap in that not all the songs are originals but since I never heard those late 80s/early 90s Venom albums anyway it makes no difference to me. All the songs range from decent to excellent, with one exception; that being the title track. "Crucified" is straight Traditional Metal, completely unlike the Thrash on the rest of the album, and really quite out of place. I'm not sure why M:Pire of Evil chose the one non-Thrash song to name the album after.
If the modern Thrash of Testament, Destruction and the like are your cup of tea, you'll need to grab a copy of Crucified.
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