|Review: Battalion - Generation Movement|
Year released: 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 5, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Thrash Metal is such a wonderful thing especially when done well and cherishing nostalgic values, right?
Swiss Thrash Metal act Battalion has been around since 2005 and has released four studio albums. Battalion's latest album, Generation Movement, throws us ten songs of aggressive, chunky and crispy retro-Thrash which reminds me slightly of Slayer's later recordings, à la God Hates Us All and Christ Illusion, with a good twist of the the Bay Area as well. Vocalist/guitarist Silvan has a nice Tom Araya vibe to his voice which supports sort of a "Swiss answer to Slayer" illusion for Swiss fans. Battalion certainly loves to thrash and they love to do it in a Slayer vein which doesn't decrease my respect for them at all. There's lots of great riffing, well-executed solos and catchy hooks present on Generation Movement. The album's title track is a good example what Battalion is capable of doing when it comes to playing well-crafted Thrash Metal. Then there's this prelude type of a song titled "Revolution" which is quite amusing and reminds me of the corny, chest-pounding Spartan warriors in the movie 300. Otherwise, there's just some serious Thrashing happening on this enjoyable disc.
Generation Movement perhaps won't pull the rug from under your feet completely but it gives you fair warning, if nothing else, to be on the watch for Battalion.
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