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Review: Aggravator - Age of Combat
Age of Combat

Label: Dead Center Productions
Year released: 2015
Duration: 28:28
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 14, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Age of Combat

Rated 3.22/5 (64.44%) (9 Votes)

Texas based thrashers Aggravator attack our necks hard with their nine-track debut EP, titled Age of Combat. With a minimal arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, Aggravator make a brave and somewhat successful onslaught, keeping their heads high by churning out relatively tightly played, old school Thrash Metal in which one can undoubtedly hear nuances from such names as early Kreator, Dark Angel, early Forbidden (especially solo-wise) and obviously some other names of the first wave of Thrash Metal. It's all pretty enjoyable to hear them doing this type of back-to-the-roots Thrash, allowing a listener to enjoy a stream of nostalgic memories of how Thrash Metal was done back in the day. For example, vocalist (and guitarist) Derek Jones sounds a lot like Mille when he was starting out with Kreator (or Tormentor, to be more precise).

Age of Combat offers raw, stripped down and in-your-face Thrash Metal, without any surprising moments. Even the production is left kind of raw and unpolished, which actually strengthens this underlining illusion of the band's determination to keep things on the old school Thrash side, rather than jumping on anything else where they would not feel homey with their stuff. By supporting Aggravator, you also support the whole movement for the second coming of old school/retro Thrash. Eh, I guess you got my tip, didn't you?

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