Despite being a thirty five year old genre, there are still youngster prepared to give their blood to the Thrash machine. No hope of stardom, no hope of being welcomed as saviors of the genre, just a desire to shred. Ten years after their formation, Ramming Speed are still pushing their own material and bringing their death metal and hardcore influence to the table to make an excellent album.
A technique the man has used to death on hardcore albums but that sound more refreshing on a Thrash oriented album
Two years after Doomed to destroy, destined to die, the bostonians went back in the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and the result is definitely stronger than their previous effort. The tempos are made to rage to while shouting the gang vocals the band has spread on many tracks. The drums hit as hard as the guitars with the typically compressed sound Ballou is capable of. A technique the man has used to death on hardcore albums but that sound more refreshing on a Thrash oriented album. Now that Black Breath has moved away from writing fast and simple songs, Ramming Speed offer the kind of entertainment fans of Sentenced to life will enjoy.
Ramming Speed thankfully show some concern about the world they live in
But, it’s not all fun and games here and Ramming Speed thankfully show some concern about the world they live in by writing about some of the recent murders committed by the american police on the self-explanatory Choke holds and bullet holes. It’s disheartening that a lot of metal and hardcore band write their lyrics as if they were completely detached from current events so it’s reassuring to see that some bands have not forgotten that metal and hardcore is supposed to be a music of opposition.
With songs opening with blast beats, Hardcore kicks and a compressed production, No epitaph is definitely looking back to the eighties to find inspiration. Their Thrash is not retro, it’s definitely modern and full of energy. No epitaph will probably rub the wrong way some older fans, but Ramming Speed proves here that they can stay true to the spirit of the genre while pushing it in the present.