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Review: Amken - Passive Aggression
Passive Aggression

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 34:39
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 19, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Passive Aggression

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

I rather liked Amken's EP, Adrenaline Shot, that came out in 2015 but missed their debut album, 2017's Theater of the Absurd. I'm back on board with their second album, Passive Aggression. Not a lot has changed in the intervening years as Amken is still playing no-holds-barred Euro thrash with harsh vocals and heavy as hell riffs. The songwriting is not inventive but solid enough to keep your head banging throughout the album, but I said in my review of Adrenaline Shot that I was worried about the band executing over the course of a full album. My fears are at least partially realized as it feels like a few good ideas were stretched pretty thin on Passive Aggression. Other than "Dead Man's Land", where they slow things down to an evil, epic pace and add a cool intro, I can't really distinguish one song from the next and there is also a hint of hardcore in some of the singing which may work for some fans, but hurts the songs, in my opinion. All that said, if you are into early Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, etc., I think you'll enjoy Amken's in-your-face approach even if it isn't anything you haven't heard many times already.

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