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Review: Blood Tsunami - Grand Feast For Vultures
Blood Tsunami
Grand Feast For Vultures

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 51:19
Tracks: 7
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Grand Feast For Vultures

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (18 Votes)

So here we have the second album from Blood Tsunami, the retro-thrash band that includes former Emperor drummer/murderer Faust. After their underwhelming debut Thrash Metal I was not really that excited about this, as I found that album too groovy and slightly ‘coreish, with too much sameyness in the songwriting. Glad to say, almost all of these issues have been fixed or improved for Grand Feast for Vultures.

There's no arguing that this time out the band took a big helping of influence from early Slayer, as a lot of these riffs are veeeerrrry slaytanic in tone and execution, but I am prepared to forgive a lot when an album kicks as much ass as this one does. This album has a lot more dynamic and variation among the songs than the last one, and does not rat-tat-tat away like I expected. This sounds way less like Gothenburger Thrash and more like real old school German thrashing. Slayer, mid-period Sodom, a little Destruction even – this is all a pile of stuff from the evil end of the Thrash pool, and it's done really well no matter how derivative it is. The real surprises are the two closer tracks "Horsehead Nebula" and "One Step Closer to the Grave" which are both genuine Thrash epics over ten minutes long. They maybe could have been shorter, but they don't get boring. I even find the vocals better this time, as they are less metalcore and more blackened, with a deep roaring backing vocal sound that punches things up. They still aren't great, but they don't distract me this time.

Overall a much better album than Thrash Metal, as this is much more of an actual Thrash album, while at the same time not falling into the formulaic songwriting traps that often plague would-be retro bands. Blood Tsunami may be consciously old-fashioned, but on this album they successfully take their Thrash in some new directions without mutating it into something else entirely. Good Stuff.

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