Deathstorm
Blood Beneath the Crypts

The retro thrash genre seems to be really in full swing as of late, with many a bands taking a swing at the plate and seeing who strikes that home run. I use the baseball or team analogy because with most teams, you got your star players, your second stringers and your bench warmers. While Deathstorm is definitely not in the benchwarmer category they could be placed amongst the second stringers.

Hailing from Austria, and this being their 2nd full length, the band present to us, a form of thrash that brings to mind thoughts of Demolition Hammer and Kreator, if they came from the bay area, during the thrash heyday. Blood Beneath the Crypts, is a fun listen and, production is standard and gets the point across with all instruments being heard.

I say a fun listen because there are riffs aplenty, chugging rhythms, the Sodom/Tom Angelripper inflictions and those little tidbits that bring to mind the solos of Kerry King (“Immortalized Sinner”), the early riffage of Dark Angel (“I Conquer”), a touch of Sacrifice (Can) all which are sure to put a smile on your face in some way and yes, while some may say that this is just a rehash or we’ve heard it all before, the songs are short and to the point and really don’t overstay their welcome. None of the songs go into the 5 minute mark. Listen to “Splendid Mutilation” and get a 2 and half minute rager, which is sure to get this point across.

I’ve made mention in past reviews, that most of us lead busy lives and you may find yourself doing 3 things at once. So those days while washing the car, put this on, cleaning the house before the significant other returns home? Put this on. Writing that last minute review and need to get it done? Put this on. These are the sort of albums that you listen to when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands or you are multitasking, this music fills the void and still get to enjoy some new metal in the meanwhile. So don’t dismiss those 2nd stringers yet….they may surprise you.

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
July 21st, 2016

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