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Excessive Outburst Of Depravity

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Excessive Outburst Of Depravity
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: July 1st, 2022
Genre: Death, Thrash
1. Last Stand Hill
3. Referat IV B 4
4. Open Skies And Endless Seas
5. Infinite Tyranny
6. Perpetual Blood Oath
7. Thirty Years Of Perdition
8. Cleithrophobia
9. Toiling In Sheol
10. Shackled By Total Control
11. Morse Mania

Review by Felix on May 18, 2022.

Diabolical hate über alles is surely a very thrashy feeling… no, not really. It is a very sad truth that authenticity is not Mille's core competence any more and Destruction have catapulted themselves into meaninglessness a long time ago by releasing one mediocre work after the other. I will always respect these pioneers for the groundbreaking creativity and the uncompromising courage they had in their early days, but sometimes we have to broaden the scope. Germany had more to offer than the "Big Teutonic Three" and Protector is one of these more or less overlooked units that deserve our attention as well. Despite numerous line up changes, they never showed commercial ambitions. No "Endorama" far and wide! Either way, their best album so far is A Shedding Of Skin, at least in my humble opinion. But this full-length gives no indication for Excessive Outburst Of Depravity, because it was recorded by a completely different line up.

Nevertheless, most of us will know what they can expect when it comes to a new, well, outburst of the now German-Swedish institution. Protector still swears by the old, rough thrash metal. The death metal elements are present as well, but they do not play the main role here. It is not only the performance of Martin Missy, who rather nags and shouts instead of offering death metal growls. It is also the absence of down-tuned guitars and groovy elements that makes Excessive Outburst Of Depravity to an almost pure thrash metal work. And finally, it is the energetic riffing – and right now, right here we are at the best element of the material. An amazingly high number of the riffs hits the bull's eye. This feature makes it clear early on that we are getting to hear an extremely good work here. The riffs sound sharp, edgy and fresh and they drive the songs brilliantly (and me almost insane). Missy's voice is good, no doubt about it, but it does not make the difference. Instead, the guitar work lets the record shine in bright light.

Needless to say that the four musicians do not deliver any kind of soft sounds, right? A title like 'Open Skies And Endless Seas' may indicate a romantic view on the world, but only graduated fools connect the name Protector with romanticism. This track combines dragging mid-tempo with fast sequences and its substance justifies the playtime of five minutes with great ease. Usually, the quartet acts with a higher quantum of velocity. The excellent opener 'Last Stand Hill' sets the direction and its power, directness and strength are absolutely exciting. This song with its merciless verses, the comparatively catchy chorus and the mosh part before the solo marks a perfect entry point. Moreover, it is great that it goes straight to the point – no intro delays the onset of musical violence.

But a thrilling introduction alone does not make a good album, if I am not mistaken, and we have seen so many bands that forgot that somehow annoying rule. However, don't worry, Protector swings the axes competently during the entire work. It's cool to experience how juvenile and lively the songs break out of the boxes. 'Pandemic Misery', the second track, is almost even better than the opener. It seems to have the power to kill the Covid virus in a battle one against one. But bad luck, I have heard that the virus is an invincible coward. Either way, the outstanding and churning guitar work is fantastic again and the whole song sounds like an ingenious leftover from the eighties (if we forget for a moment that forty years ago nobody was talking about pandemics – so let us rename the song, call it "Nuclear Misery" and then everything fits perfectly).

A detail I like very much on Excessive Outburst Of Depravity is that the mid-paced parts are as powerful as the dominating high-velocity eruptions. 'Perpetual Blood Oath', for instance, scores inter alia with its mighty, slowed down mid-part. The dynamic and spiky lines of 'Cleithrophobia' add another cool feature. Yet it is almost senseless to pick out single tracks, because all of them enrich the record. Well, this statement brings me to the conclusion. Excessive Outburst Of Depravity is an album each and every thrasher with an affinity for the Teutonic approach will enjoy – with one single exception! Tom Angelripper cannot be sure any longer that he and his comrades are the "Lords of Depravity". Maybe Protector will challenge him for this title.

Rating: 9 out of 10