Madness and humor, in small doses, have been always among the ingredients of thrash metal. In the case of Insanity Alert, however, it’s as if these guys from Austria decided to throw into the recipe everything they had, without being too much interested about what the final result would be. And listening to 666-pack, which is their second and newest album, I can say that in the end there is value in the mess and chaos they created.
In order to understand what kind of album we are talking about, let’s start by explaining that 666-pack contains 21 songs in 32 minutes. That’s an approach more typical of grindcore rather than thrash, and in fact we can appreciate also healthy hints of grind in the bubbling cauldron that these metalheads have prepared for us. Thrash, grind, as well as heavy influences from punk and crossover…. in short, a coarse mixture of stuff, all seasoned with a teenage spirit and lyrics that deal with deep and complex social themes such as beer and parties. On the other hand, also the list of the bands to which they are inspired is definitely varied: S.O.D., DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust and Nuclear Assault.
The real question, however, shoud be basically this one: is this concentrate of insanity nice to hear or or not? And the answer is… definitely yes!
666-pack is a damn funny and engaging album, an healthy slap to all those bands that release artificially complicated and conceptual records. Here we have pure energy, irreverence, distorted guitars and fun, and every so often it’s absolutely beneficial to make a trip into madness, you could even enjoy a grind metal cover of Staying Alive (!).
But beware: everything I’ve said so far does make sense only because the guys from Innsbruck really know what they’re doing, and they do it absolutely well. There is a quantity of exciting riffs on this record to literally remain open-mouthed.
In summary: 666-pack is a crazy album that is expected to satisfy all the lovers of old-school thrash metal, at least those who don’t have particularly refined tastes. I liked it a lot and my overall rating for the LP is 7/10.
My favorite songs: All Mosh/No Brain, Cobra Commander, Saturday Grind Fever, Two Joints, A Skullcrushin’ Good Times and Chronic State of Hate.
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