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Review: Conniption - A Method to Madness
A Method to Madness

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:28
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 8, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
A Method to Madness

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

Like your metal old school (and who doesn't)? Then Conniption's A Method to Madness should be right up your alley. Playing a style of Thrash that "is a throwback to when metal was king" (taken from the band's Myspace page), Conniption so faithfully recreate the sounds of Thrash pioneers like Anthrax, Flotsam and Jetsam, Megadeth and others that it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that Scott Ian is reviewing his back catalog for potential copyright infringement purposes. That isn't to say Conniption is ripping anyone off. They have simply captured 1985 on A Method to Madness.

Many of the things that made all those early Thrash releases classics can be found on A Method to Madness. Acoustic intros on tracks like "Light the Stage" and "Quietus" bring back memories of Metallica's "Fight Fire with Fire" while the staccato riffing and gruff vocal delivery on "The Witches Hammer" will have you diving for your copy of Among the Living for a "Caught in a Mosh" fix. The rest of A Method to Madness is chock full of Thrash riffing you just can't find anymore. Some of the chunkiest guitars around can be heard on "The Illusion." Nice and slow, no need for hyperactive double bass drumming. Of course, that quickly changes on the next track, "Metal Mayhem" which, as the name implies, is guitars, drums, bass and vocals all stirred up in a blender, just for the listener's enjoyment. There's a sweet solo with the high screaming notes that make you break out your air guitar. Why, they've even upped the evil quotient by turning the "T" in the band name logo into a crucifix (not upside down, though, which would be even more evil, see Sargon's article on band logos for more information on this topic.)

Some enterprising label needs to pick up Conniption and unleash this Thrash assault on the masses. This is a fun listen and true to their word, is a throwback to the heyday of Thrash without sounding stale. If A Method to Madness doesn't make you want to bang your head, you are on the wrong website, my friend.

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