Anyway, back to the music. A while ago I received an email from Deathisfaction, asking we we would like to review their 'Neverending Maze' E.P.. Since we're a music webzine, writing reviews, that seemed like a very good question to ask us. However, after going to Spotify and clicking on 'play', I suddenly found myself back in 1989, yelling along with 'Elimination' by Overkill and banging by growing hair. Usually, that shouldn't be something to worry about. However, the song was blasting through my headphones while I was riding my bike to school. I nearly got into an accident on a busy intersection. I was centimeters away from being torn apart by a tourbus.
That really happened.
Deathisfaction is a Dutch thrash metal band, formed in 2012. With 'Neverending Maze' they delivered a powerful and highly effective business card. This is thrash metal at its best, furious, highspeed and hammering. It's a full-on assault on your sanity and on the muscles in your neck. At a certain point, I compared Deathisfaction with an Overkill/Obituary hybrid, the last one mainly because of the vocals.
However, this quartet takes the genre to a higher technical level, without losing the sheer
brutality. To hell with intros and atmosphere, this is high quality moshing. The song structures are quite complicated, continously changing both tempo and riffs. Yet, each part, as slow or fast as it might be, invites the listener to a firm headbanging session.
There is no other way to describe this music than old-fashioned thrash metal, ready to conquer stages far an wide. From the intense hyperspeed in title track 'Neverending Maze' to the epic opening riffs of 'Warmachine (For the Fallen)' this breathes the late eighties and early nineties atmosphere where Nuclear Assault, Death Angel, Anthrax and Testament were headliners.
My personal favourite on this album is 'Deathisfaction', a song with some of the most amazing drums I've heard in a while, combined with glorious guitar solos. Yet, the whole E.P. is awesome and comes highly recommended for every thrash/speed metal fan. For me, it's now time to extinguish the fires in my mouth with a huge can of cold beer...