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Classic Review: Détente - Recognize No Authority
Recognize No Authority

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1986
Duration: 34:27
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Recognize No Authority

Rated 3.47/5 (69.41%) (17 Votes)

I picked this up as a semi-blind purchase ("semi" because I first checked out a 30-seconds sample on The End Records' web shop.) Well it turns out the album lives up to the sample. This is lo-fi thrash from the mid-80s, with female vocals that have nothing to envy most male vocalists - very aggressive, raspy and screamy style that fits this catchy, fast-paced thrash perfectly. The songs sound a bit disorderly at times, but I like my thrash to be somewhat on the messy side. Worth noting is Ross Robinson on guitar. That's right, that guy who would later become a well-known nu-metal producer. The good news is that back then he didn't cater to the suck and serves us with some wickedly good solos, and the riffage to go along with them. This is not an album for a quiet Sunday afternoon - when it's not fast, it's crushingly heavy and if like me you tend to tap your foot following the beat of a song, you're in for a damn good workout.

"Recognize No Authority" is not exactly earth-shattering material, but it has aged pretty well and is still enjoyable nearly 21 years after its release. If you like unpolished thrash, this one's for you.

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