ALTERED BEAST - Living For The Sin

Altered Beast - Living For The Sin

14 songs
55:47 minutes
***** ***
Great Dane


Altered Beast was originally the name of a beat ‘em up arcade game which was released on Sega’s Mega Drive in 1988. Listening to the album Living For The Sin by French metal band Altered Beast, one might as well believe that this slab of music were already a quarter century old. But the band has been around only for a couple of years, and Living For The Sin is their debut record.

The quartet from Amiens plays traditional heavy and thrash metal the way it was popular in the second half of the Eighties. After the short and somewhat gloomy intro, it becomes quickly obvious that the band likes simple riffs that recall the early days of thrash metal. The recipe is an easy one, but also somehow genial. Mostly the music reminds, thanks to its fast and hectic approach, of the early works by American bands like Megadeth, Sacred Reich and Overkill. Canadian thrash legends Annihilator have left some traces, too. The occasionally rough choirs during the choruses are another typical property of that great age of metal, which I associate with many pleasant nostalgic feelings. Naturally Altered Beast never quite achieve the quality of the pioneers they are influenced by, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Even though the band sounds at times a little askew, the music never loses its charm. The final track Ways Of Betrayer even shows a sense of humour, yet its poser rock attitude la Cinderella still fits the general era.

Altered Beast have proved successfully that metal doesn’t have to be as progressive as Dream Theater to delight. In fact metal is a genre that sometimes works best when it is at its simplest. I thoroughly enjoyed this authentic album from the first note to the last.

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