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Review: Airdash - Thank God It's Monday
Thank God It's Monday

Label: Lipposen Levy Ja Kasetti
Year released: 2022
Originally released in: 1988
Duration: 34:52
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 16, 2023
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Finnish label Lipposen Levy ja Kasetti has been doing a great job digging up lost gems of the old Finnish scene for some time now, so it only makes sense they'd be the ones to re-release the debut of one of Finland's earliest speed/thrash acts, Airdash, who were among the likes of Stone, Protected Illusion, and National Napalm Syndicate when they were active. Musically, Thank God It's Monday is basically Finland's answer to Anthrax, albeit with less swagger and a surprising amount of technicality. The songs are still very mosh-it-up type numbers with gang shouts and the diet Joey Belladonna vocals of Juha Laine, and the chunking riffs of Roope Sirén and Markku Niiranen definitely bow low before the altar of New York's greatest thrash institution, but they also had some surprisingly complex musicianship and weird time signatures to keep them from being a mere clone act. All that said, none of the songs are particularly distinct or first-rate, and there's nothing on here that you can't find done better on albums like Among the Living and Rust in Peace. Still, this is a perfectly enjoyable release from a long-forgotten act, so while it's hardly a classic, if you want more old-school Thrash taken straight from the time vault of the late '80s, you can do a lot worse than this.

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