Against All Odds

Barcelona’s Crisix is a great burst of thrash metal energy, an aural red bull if you will.  Hailing from Barcelona Spain, Crisix ( formally Crysis) are a high energy thrash band with a slight injection of fun with a touch of crossover to them. I will say now, I’m not a huge fan of the crossover genre / sound, but I feel here, with this release, its done sparingly and used to add a bit of contrast & dynamic to the songs. So it’s in no way overdone.

When listening to this, you will be taken with the “good, friendly, violent fun”  a term I say because there is a bit of Exodus in them with some of the riffing and the shouted background vocals. You get a bit of “Among The Living “ era of Anthrax. Another band I was getting a sense of was Misery Index. Just listen to the song Leech Breeder and tell me you don’t hear it. Yes, a different genre but you will get a sense of them in the song dynamics and the lyrical approach. I think, Hey if Misery Index went thrash would they sound this way? Just a off hand observation.

So, obviously galloping thrash is the basis here but little elements blend all together to make a entertaining listen. The almost power metal intro of “Perseverance”, The full blast frenetics of “Leech Breeder”, the lyrical truth of “Technophiliac”, the hi speed riffing chug of “Xenomorph Blood”, The Anthrax riffing and Exodus attitude of “Cut The Shit”, and if you really pay attention to the lyrics and obvious song title homage “The North Remembers”. ( Guess what show?) All the material just screams “Play me live!” and is sure to guarantee plenty of crowd participation.

Production is amazingly clear and almost has a live feel to it. Just listen to sound, with the solid snap in the snare and the bass drum has that kick. Obviously with any thrash album, you gotta have that guitar sound, that thrash riffing in the forefront and it is most definitely there. So yeah, I know there is a hundred thrash bands out there, some better, others much worse and nothing is breaking new ground here but still, you can go wrong with Crisix. They have a good history (since 2011) with some solid releases in their bullet belt, not too much too go wrong here. So in the immortal words of Testament,  Into the Pit!

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
July 12th, 2018


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