Digital Breed, the new album by Spanish thrash band Death Above, was something that I was going to discard too quickly. When I started listening to the first track of the LP, I started to think that this was of the many records without temperament and personality. Thick but not memorable riffs, a relatively monochord voice, and speedy moments alternated by sequences of melodic solo guitar leads that have the effect of lessening the tension instead of enriching the song.
But instead, as I was going forward along the twelve tracks of Digital Breed, I started to change my mind. What I realized, in fact, is that this band from the Canary Islands, which was unknown to me before this encounter, had managed to place in their LP a number of really engaging songs, and which fully reflect the very characteristics of thrash metal: speed, aggressiveness, and even a bit of healthy irreverence. Unfortunately, these best songs are interspersed with a few less interesting moments, but this is something we can tolerate for a band that has just released the second album of their career.
From a musical point of view, the songs alternate between fast and very fast moments. There are a number of things that I really enjoyed of the LP: the rhythm section is frenetic but always precise, both the two guitars sound very compact and have a nice and enveloping sound, and in the best songs I appreciated also an intriguing mix of thrash and groove. Last, but not least, the lead guitar did an impressive job and it’s not confined to sporadic and predictable moments, but rather it’s a presence that characterizes many different moments of the song.
In summary: Digital Breed is a nice entry in the selection of the best thrash albums that we heard so far in 2019, and it further confirms the rising wave of good bands coming from the Mediterranean area.
My overall rating for the LP is 6.5/10. Favourite songs: G.R.B., No Vacancy in Hell, the final track Slaughter on October 31, and the damn fun Acoholic Bastards.
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