Revenge Of The Beast
Review by Felix on October 26, 2020.
It’s a serious tragedy, but as long as my ass produces only shit instead of gold, I must work and do not have the time to listen to each and every more or less promising thrash album. I am therefore not familiar with the entire catalogue of my German compatriots, but what I can say is that Revenge of the Beast avoids the significant weaknesses of their first two albums. The triple strike at the beginning of the beast’s revenge holds more memorable sequences than their early works together. Maybe even the opener alone has more catchy moments than the 15 tracks of the debut and Apocalyptic Nightmare in total. In addition, the powerful, transparent and offensive production puts the strengths of the individual tracks in the right light. Especially 'Haunted' is a dynamic, sharp riffing crusher. Volker Fredrich, the God of stamina and frustration tolerance, and his companions prove that they are able to perform cool, fresh yet tradition-conscious thrash with a huge portion of belligerence and a solid chorus – and that’s a good finding. Moreover, they demonstrate in 'Warfare' their skills in combining silent sections and double bass driven sequences smoothly.
I have highlighted the first three pieces, but this is not to say that the remaining songs are significantly weaker. Of course, neither Necronomicon nor any other formation can really recreate the original thrash spirit of the early days of this metallic revolution. Furthermore, it’s slightly sad that the band slows down the tempo during some tracks. However, it makes fun to bang the head to the riffs and rhythms of straight and relatively catchy songs such as 'On Pain of Death', because the music spreads lively and energetic vibes. Additionally, it does not lack pressure and so the album is free from severe defects. Of course, maybe the band would have been well advised to streamline the configuration. 10 songs with a playtime of 40 minutes would have been a satisfying shape as well and simultaneously a more compact one. 'Refugee', for example, is neither bad nor necessary, a kind of thrash metal ballad with a tinge of world-weariness. Anyway, these details do not hurt the positive overall impression. Naturally the four-piece does not redefine the subgenre, but it knows how to make good use of its evergreen song formula.
'Commit Suicide' is a late highlight which attracts by its menacing atmosphere and all in all, Necronomicon took care that no half-baked pieces crept in. The entire release has a solid flow and it does not matter if the skip button of the CD player does not work. Real downers do not appear, but a surprisingly big number of crunchy thrash sequences. I am just surprised that the ballad at the end of the tracklist has stolen the lyrics of Satan’s “Avalanche of a Million Hearts”. There are so many literal overlaps – I cannot believe that it is just a coincidence. Maybe Necronomicon wants to give us the advice to listen to “Suspended Sentence” from time to time? Good idea, but it is also not bad to start a second spin of Revenge of the Beast.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10594