Madrost     

Maleficent
Self Released
2012

California's upstart thrashers, Madrost, show a high level of maturity on their self-released debut album.  After a short interlude of clean guitar and some drumming, Crypt Keeper bursts out of the speakers with destructive riffs that churn like a buzzsaw.  The vocals burn with deathly venom and enhance the aggression of the song which at times brings to mind a more primitive Dark Angel.  A Slayer-esque opening riff does maximum damage on Aggressive Nihilism.  The track then drops into some catchy death metal passages that bring the focus on the spiteful voice of Tanner.  A rockin' thrash riff and galloping pace sets a determined mood for Desecrator.  I am reminded somewhat of a heavier, thrashier version of Venom as I hear this song.  Actually, I have changed my mind, I hear early Metallica here.  Good stuff.  A Bathory-ish riff darkens the sound on Good Ol' Fashioned Violence before the song drops into a meaty mosh part and a brooding groove.  And then I am sawn in half by the infectious Necrosis.  Such a great opening riff followed by death metal destruction and a chorus that makes me want to jump up and flail with my fists.  Classic thrash with a somewhat outdated message is featured on Under The Hammer.  But the songwriting here is undeniable.  Finally the album closes out with Zombie Grinder.  It's a frenzied take on Massacre styled death metal.  They have essentially taking that muscular death metal approach and turned it to a much thrashier approach which leaves nothing but victims in its wake.  The drums on this album might be a slight bit overproduced but the detriment is minimal to the album as a whole.  Madrost's debut is an album of well developed and memorable thrash that takes elements from both thrash and death and unifies them into a well-honed killing machine.