Thursday, October 3, 2013

2BLACK: "Mind Infect"

Rating: RRR
Label: WormHoleDeath 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

2Black was formed in Zurich in 2007 and has been playing several shows with bands like Mekong Delta, Tankard, etc. They fit nicely in with the older acts of the eighties since it's old school Thrash/Speed Metal featuring traditional riffs and speedy double blast drumming. It's very much metal in the old fashioned style of Kreator, Testament, Vio-lence, Overkill, and the vocals by Andre' Ellenberger are mostly clean and without the awful approach of the raving mad cookie monster.

This is pure, honest, and very melodic in comparsion to most acts at the WormHoleDeath label. The songs are more accessiblie without losing intensity or credibility. It's frankly just old school and to be honest, that's the way we like our Thrash/Speed Metal. In fact, 2Black remind you of everything that was good about the genre in the first place. Uncompromising raw attitude and basically full of sweaty denim and leather. Each and every member of the band  (Jose Venegas & Skullshreader - guitars. Denise 'Ballbreaker' Gutzwiller -bass. Robo Indrist - drums) contributes with their energy to the eleven tracks on display and it's a nice, but hardly original, album, that is cut from the same cloth as the first wave of brutal metal acts.

Final verdict: The mindless typing aside, this is still a worthwhile record for those of us into old skool thrash. Mosh!

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