MetalBite Review by Adam M on 5/8/2011
Crisp riffs with a solid sense of tempo and crunch highlight this old school influenced Thrash platter. A couple of bands that immediately pop to mind when listening to the disc are Coroner
, as the music sounds like a combination of the two. The guitar licks are scalpel like in precision and complemented by pristine solos. Musically, this is really solid stuff throughout. It might not appeal to fans of the Bay Area Thrash style as the more aggressive type of Thrash that Kreator
The vocals donít display the more straight ahead singing of the Bay Area scene, but are rather shouted out. This is my least favourite element of the disc because in terms of song-writing and instrumental prowess, the album is about as tight as they come in the Thrash genre. An interesting bridge or solo is always inserted when it seems the music might be dying down slightly. Also, the main riffs in the rhythm section crush. It might not quite be my particular favourite style of Thrash, but thereís no denying the quality of the music on display here. Not a single track on "Time Is Up"
isnít of the highest standard of the Thrash genre. There are plenty of highlights here. Amongst them are 'D.O.A' and especially 'The Cleric'. The latter has some of the most melodic and intricate portions on the entire disc. This album isnít exactly my style, but I canít deny the quality to found on this release.
Anyone thatís looking for a Thrash album that is powerful and well-constructed should look no further than this disc. This is great material, but not quite at the level of last yearís "The Evolution Of Chaos"
or even "Ironbound"
. Itís still far superior then most Thrash youíll hear these days by a longshot, however.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.2 out of 10