(In this post TheMadIsraeli combines reviews of the new albums by Havok (released on May 1st by Century Media) and Warbringer (released on April 24th by Napalm Records.)
Thrash metal is in a funny place to me. Ever since the resurgence of it, a lot of bands have desperately clung to the nostalgia bait of writing music that sounds like an authentic representation of what you would’ve heard in the ’80s or early ’90s. What’s really kind of joke-worthy about this trend is that what we ended up seeing was a bunch of guys trying to sell you nostalgia and engaging in probably extreme metal’s most overt tailspin into cynical capitalist consumerism. Most of the resurgence of thrash in the modern age has thus been pretty soulless and pretty meme-worthy.
As a consequence, the thrash metal that’s good nowadays shrugs off that nostalgia bait and moves forward. The best of it embraces the evolution of the style up to its recession in 1992 or so and has then seen some of the best material written in the whole sub-genre in the 2010‘s.
So, we’re doing some shorter-length reviews today of two thrash metal records that embody this ideal. Thrash metal that retains the foundation but has adapted to the times.