DEATHCHAIN - Deadmeat Disciples

Deathchain - Deadmeat Disciples

9 songs
32:49 minutes
***** ****
Dynamic Arts


For a country of only five million inhabitants, Finland has a very respectable music scene. When the weather's so cold as to keep you inside all year, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that many young Finns play heavy metal music, to keep themselves warm and cosy.

Deathchain released their debut album Deadmeat Disciples, but shouldn't really be considered newcomers, as they already released a couple of well received demos in the past. Still, these guys are rather young, between 20 and 25 years. This doesn't prevent them from playing what their label calls death-thrash, but which is a modern interpretation of their thrash roots. Early-twens like the members of Deathchain probably feel the same nostalgia of having been too young with euro thrash as we did with early Seventies rock bands like Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. So what you get is nine fast and furious tributes to the sound of mid-Eighties thrash, somewhere flirting with Slayer's Reign In Blood era and very early German thrash sounds from Sodom and Kreator.

While the songs on this debut don't have the classic status as their idols have, the songs are still totally convincing, feeling like a raw piece of meat, full of muscle and with no fat at all. Where Eighties thrashers may have had the better song material, Deathchain come up with a more powerful production, without though sounding modern or contemporary (as used pejoratively). The album may be rather short, but then the songs are too, which in this case is a good thing, because there are no self-indulgent parts we are so used from other retro metal bands.

Anyone who misses the times of classic albums like Pleasure To Kill and Persecution Mania has to pay a visit to the young metalhead's website, download a couple of MP3s, and if you like it, by all means, buy this brutal example of death-thrash.

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