|Review: Imagika - Devils On Both Sides|
|Devils On Both Sides|
Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 5, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
for:Devils On Both Sides
Imagika!!! One of the ultimate bands in the new resurgence of thrash metal! With the release of 3 respectable albums, these Americans surface again this year for their fourth thrashfest, and as usual, they do not disappoint.
What this band does is take the old school formula for Bay Area styled thrash metal and inject it with a powerful dose of vocal melodies and haunting choruses. Admittedly, the double bass drums are still being raped on this album as well. Somebody file a lawsuit against that already! But aside from that obsession, the band does very little that is wrong.
Badass, fast and razor sharp would just about sum this album up. "Devils On Both Sides" pretty much puts Imagika at the top of the league and for anyone searching for a new thrash band to write home about, Imagika are it (although they've been around for over a decade now). These guys are commonly cited as "Power/Thrash" due to the emphasis on high vocals, melodic choruses and excessive double bass, but this band is essentially a thrash outfit with an obsession with bass. "Devils On Both Sides" features a new vocalist who stays mostly within the mid-ranges, but he is not afraid to crank it up and hit the high notes when need be. Similar bands in this vein would be Perzonal War (Germany) or Pathos (Sweden) to a lesser extent, but Imagika stand superior amongst the bunch.
Anyway, thrash metal fans will find something to like in this album. Fans of melodic thrash (or power/thrash) should go wet over this. Get ready to burn! Over and out!
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