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Review: Destroyer/Violated - Outbreak of Metal Vol. II
Outbreak of Metal Vol. II

Label: Slaney Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 51:08
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Outbreak of Metal Vol. II

Rated 3.14/5 (62.86%) (7 Votes)

Another Outbreak of Metal from Slaney Records, and once again the disc is split between a Heavy Metal band (Destroyer) and a Thrash band (Violated.) I usually wouldn't like this kind of approach, but for the second time, the label got it right. The bands may sound different, but they fit well together on the same disc. Both kick it old school, and while not particularly original, they both have a few fun tunes on offer here.

Destroyer's approach is straightforward, plain Heavy Metal, very crunchy and heavy stuff with a good dose of aggression – it has a good combination of razor-sharp riffs, solos just in the right places and even though the music alone can get pretty catchy at times, the vocal melodies can also get stuck in your head. The vocals are nearly spoken/shouted rather than really sung (just a little), a style that I'm not particularly fond of, but the vocalist here does a pretty good job and the style does fit the simple, in-your-face musical approach that the band has chosen.

Violated kick things up a notch, with a brand of Thrash that's fast and sometimes pretty chaotic as well – on occasion to the point where the song can be a bit hard to follow. The vocals are clean but harsh, a good fit considering the musical onslaught the vocalist has to complement. It's not exactly the best Thrash you'll hear, especially lately with more choice than ever in the genre, but they do have some good songs, "Only Death Awaits" being my favourite here – fast, aggressive and fucking catchy. There's a demo of "Living Hell" that closes the album and while the song is cool, the sound – both the volume and quality – drops here, which kind of breaks the mood. It's not unlike those albums that come with bonus tracks that don't fit with the rest. They'd have been better off leaving this one out.

Outbreak of Metal Vol. II presents two bands with average to above-average material and while not all of the songs here are remarkable – some of this is a little bland – there are a few little metal gems here that make the whole platter easily put on repeat. A good introduction to these newcomers.

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