There are music bands that – undeservingly – have gathered less celebrity and fame than they deserved. Wrath, from Chicago, are among these ones. Born in the golden age of thrash, they soon moved away from the standard canons of the genre and started playing what was later defined as technical thrash metal, a sub-genre of conventional thrash that placed greater emphasis on complex songwriting and demanding instrumental parts. However, Wrath didn’t manage to reach the relevance of other bands that were playing the same style of metal, like Watchtower, Mekong Delta and Coroner, and were relegated to a minor role in the thrash story. As a result, despite the band was formed more than 35 years ago, Wrath are often unknown to the greater public, even including those who consider themselves fans of thrash. The fact that they released only 5 albums throughout their career hasn’t contributed to increase the fan base, in particular outside the U.S.. But everyone who had the opportunity to discover the music played by Wrath usually appreciate the passion, the creativity and – in the end – the quality of their works.
Coming across a new album from Wrath is certainly, in itself, an important and interesting event. And the pleasure of seeing them still on the road is further reinforced when you listen to the songs of Rage, Wrath’s new LP, which in effect manage to transmit a few moments of sincere emotion.
Today, listening to Wrath’s music is like preparing a vintage cocktail of metal by blending together some of the most beautiful songs in the history of old-school metal. We can appreciate in their songs nuances ranging from Megadeth to Faith No More. The result could appear a little anachronistic and out of time, but the dedication and care for the details that were put into this album managed however to give coherence and sense to all of the songs.
Evidently this is not the album that can guarantee to Wrath the success that they never achieved in the past, but Rage is still a very good and fully enjoyable thrash metal record that the fans of the genre will appreciate without any difficulty.
Wrath’s new album can be streamed from Spotify.
My highlights: Draw Blood and the opening track Conflict.
Songs from Rage are now playing in THRASH METAL FEAST, the playlist on Spotify which is continuously updated with the best and latest thrash metal songs. Listen and follow!