Give Us Life
Review by Michael on July 3, 2021.
Sci-fi crossover thrashers Space Chaser from the German capital are back on the intergalactic metal stage with their third album Give Us Life. First of all, it should be noted that the quintet has found a new home planet called Metal Blade Records, which is guaranteed to make them more known (and possibly popular) than they have been until now.
Apart from that, the cover style of the guys has changed significantly. While the first two albums were more in comic style, here you can find a really lovingly designed cover, which reminds you of a mixture of Star Trek and Terminator. The cover was designed by Mario Lopez, who was also responsible for cover designs of Evil Invaders, Them, Killing or Skeletal Remains.
Musically the guys around singer Siegfried walk on similar paths as on the two previous albums. However, I have the impression that the playfulness has given way to a certain seriousness and also greater independence. While there were many Slayer and Iron Maiden influences on the previous albums (not least because of Siegfried's Bruce Dickinson-like voice), I feel that Space Chaser are playing more brutal than before. Amount of guitar solos have been reduced significantly and the riffing reminds of death metal in places (just listen to 'The Immortals'). Space Chaser can't deny their roots and the first lines of Give Us Life should be sung along with the lyrics of Slayer's "Postmortem", I'm pretty sure that fits very well. Besides the two already mentioned songs, other outstanding tracks are 'Antidote To Order', a fast song with cool gang shouts and brutal riffing, 'Remnants Of Technology' which is a thrash wrecking ball (be sure to check the video for it, very cool design, you feel like a guest on Mos Eisley) and also 'A.O.A.' knows how to convince with its brutality. 'Burn Them All' starts quite cross-over-like, but in the further course of the playing time it turns into a very melodic track with cross-references to old Megadeth, ("Rust In Peace" sends its regards - thematically it fits wonderfully).
Lyrically, the album is about dystopian fantasies, mixed with theories of Carl Sagan, Dyson spheres ('Dark Descent') or deadly sci-fi weapons ('Juggernaut'). This all sounds very interesting, I'm curious to read the lyrics soon.
Give Us Life is produced with much more powerful sound than the two previous albums and will leave no thrasher's ear disappointed. The whole thing was produced by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet in Berlin, together with Space Chasers drummer Matthias Scheurer and guitarist Leo Schacht. The final polish was done by none other than Dan Swanö.
The Berliners have composed a very strong album, which comes across very entertaining and its unfortunate that it ends in just under 40 minutes. I think that with this album and the help of their new (bigger) label Space Chaser will make themselves heard. I can only recommend everyone who likes thrash metal to listen to this album as for me it is one of the thrash highlights of 2021 right next to the new Killing.
May the Force be with you - The truth is out there!!!
Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Baby Yodas240