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Review: Dragster - New Times
New Times

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 20:00
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 5, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
New Times

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Dragster hail from Brazil and play mostly traditional Thrash metal, strongly influenced by the likes of (early) Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and a few others. This 20 minutes demo pretty much left me begging for more because I didn't find much in here I didn't like - except maybe the third song which has a more "modern" sound to it and that seems to have some hardcore influences. It's definitely not up to par with the three other songs on this demo - it definitely sounds a bit out of place.. The vocals on that song also annoyed me quite a bit. The other three songs however have a more Bay Area Thrash sound to them, the lead vocalist sometimes sounding a little like James Hetfield in RTL and MoP-era Metallica, and the guitar playing seems to be coming directly from that time as well. Yet the band manages to get its own sound out of there and the result is overall very good. The four songs on the demo show the band's range, varying from mid-paced, almost ballad-like stuff to much faster (and thrashier) songs.

The band is reportedly working on its first full-length album, and I think they're worth keeping an eye on. I also hope they'll concentrate on the more Thrash sound rather than the modernish sound present in the third song. Highly recommended to fans of "good old Thrash metal". ;)

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