|Review: Fusion Bomb - Concrete Jungle|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 2, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
Thrash metal has had a successful second revival in recent years, and this Luxembourg-based act is yet another barb-wire covered golden brick paving the way forward. Despite being formed in 2010, Fusion Bomb only put out a single EP in 2016 and a digital single in 2018, but I can safely say that their debut, Concrete Jungle, was worth the wait.
These lads' 10-track effort leans towards Bay-era Thrash Metal à la Exodus and Sacred Reich, with a kick of '80s crossover incorporated into their sound (especially on "T.M.N.A.", which is an under two-minute angry, punky outburst). With neck-snapping riffs, songwriting that contains a healthy mix of mid-tempo stomping and in-yer-face speedsters, excellent musicianship, the hardcore-tinged vocals of Miguel Teixeiria Sousa and a perfect production job, this album is a killer debut that just screams for all things thrash. The songs range from great to semi-great, and even their cover of Excel's "I Never Denied" works wonderfully, certainly much thrashier than the original punky version.
If you need some old-school Bay-area thrash/crossover to bang your head to, Concrete Jungle is a more than worthy addition to your collection.
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