NASTY SAVAGE - Psycho Psycho

Nasty Savage - Psycho Psycho

12 songs
52:15 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


What a comeback! In my opinion, Nasty Savage were one of the most fascinating metal acts of the late eighties. They released three CDs and one EP between 1985 and 1989. One reason may be that their frontman Nasty Ronnie is or was a wrestler and that show sport has been hypnotising me for over 15 years. But another reason surely is straight and raw metal which immediately comes to the point. The opener and title track Psycho Psycho is a straight and savage speed metal song which immediately puts you into the right mood for this record. It doesn't seem that there has been an 14 year absence from Nasty Savage. The line-up is identical to that which recorded the last album Penetration Point in 1989 and the CD is absolutely free of contemporary metal influences. The second track Hell Unleashed is even faster than the opener and the songwriting shows strong parallels to early Slayer recordings. Singer Nasty Ronnie still has a strong voice which he uses in a harsh, chaotic and sometimes even dramatic way.

Nasty Savage's wrestling connections haven't vanished yet. WWE superstar Chris Jericho, the Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rolla, who already released two metal albums with his band Fozzy, is contributing guest vocals on two songs. On Anguish he's responsible for the high vocals, and on Savage Desire, he's even contributing the main vocals. Wrestling and rock'n'roll is still a great mixture. What else do you need in life?

The album contains 12 typical Nasty Savage anthems with no weak tracks. My personal faves are Hell Unleashed and Human Factor, but I'm sure you'll discover your own ones. This is an album which shows real old school metal style and is very suitable for nostalgics or people who regret having missed the good old metal days.

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