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Review: Excimer - Thrash from Fire
Thrash from Fire

Label: Witches Brew
Year released: 2015
Originally released in: 2014
Duration: 49:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 5, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)

Egypt isn't necessarily the kind of a country you'd expect to hear any Heavy Metal bands coming from. Well, the world has been changing rapidly and nowadays one can basically expect Metal bands to come from many more obscure places – like Egypt.

Excimer got its first spark of ideas about forming the band back in 2010, and these Egyptian thrashers have been pretty keen on recording cover songs from some known Thrash artists (Destruction, Sodom, Metallica, etc.) on their couple of earlier releases. In 2014 they released a debut album on their own, titled Thrash from Fire, which has now been reissued by German Witches Brew, with two additional bonus tracks.

Thrash from Fire doesn't bring anything new to the vast table of Thrash Metal that your ears haven't tasted before, but damn these fellows know their Thrash, sounding convincing and ready, specifically when it comes down to playing it old school. They probably aren't the most technically advanced thrashers in the world, but the guys' determination to thrash their hearts out needs to be admired. Influences from both the European as well as American schools of Thrash Metal go hand in hand within their songs – and it's such names as Metallica, Kreator and Destruction (those bands' early days, in particular) that tend to pop out of their stuff when spinning the disc. The bonus cover songs on this reissued version – "Cry War" from Kreator and "Rapid Fire" from Judas Priest – both sound decently performed, but won't leave any jaws open.   

The only thing that I don't like so much about Excimer's Thrash is the vocals of Amr Hossam that are half-growled and half-shrieked, at times sounding a bit too 'metalcore-ish'. Otherwise, Excimer perform a pretty enjoyable and frantic old school Thrash Metal on their debut album, which surely cannot be left completely ignored. Check them out.

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