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Review: Anger as Art - Disfigure
Anger as Art

Label: Old School Metal Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 42:53
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 4, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.69/5 (73.85%) (13 Votes)

An excellent return to form for this underdog band. Former Abattoir frontman Steve Gaines released his solo effort back in 2004 with the album entitled Anger As Art, later he formed a whole band and the unit put out the much inferior follow-up Callous And Furor with poor songs and bad sound. But third time is the charm, as the new disc Disfigure is every inch the thrashing war machine I was hoping for.

Gone is the thin guitar sound and crappy groove riffs, gone! Here we have a barrage of smoldering steel Thrash riffs lashed to punishing songs like "The Crush", "It Feels Like Blood", and "I Am Your Enemy". The riff style is so old-school I get High School flashbacks listening to it, and you could tell someone this was an album made in 1989 and the only thing that would make them call bullshit is the glossy, modern punch to the recording. I have long had an issue with Steve's vocals, as they have often been far too close to 'core territory for my taste. This time he digs in for a much more varied performance that bellows and roars, and actually carries a tune. The guy has been a metal vocalist for almost thirty years now, and it shows in his balls-out performance that puts most of the Bay Area veterans to complete shame.

This is the sound of a tight, aggressive Thrash band with talent and dedication really starting to hit their stride. I've been pulling for Steve and his guys to make a killer album, and this time they did it. Fans of classic Thrash should not miss this album for anything.

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