Violblast – Conflict
Spain’s old school, modernistic thrash metal purveyors Violblast play razor sharp thrash metal riffs and rhythms that’s sure to make the listener’s mind melt into a heap of grey matter and dead brain cells.
There are eight cuts of aural, vicious thrash metal insanity that’s sure to make you bang your head so hard, that you’ll never wake up again. Yes, “Conflict” has all of the finest influences from the very, very early recordings of Slayer, Sepultura and Kreator, but more in line with the glory days of early Slayer.
This is the album Slayer should’ve followed up with, after their classic “Reign In Blood” record, as “Conflict” is that much blatantly ultra heavy and in your face.
Just listening to the choppy guitar rhythms of “Bearing Witness”, and then the solos, which are sprayed like gunfire in the middle part of the song, make you feel like you’ve truly been left behind in the further, outer depths of the fiery abyss.
The vocals definitely have that wicked Tom Araya feel to them yet show slight hints of Max Cavalera from his early days with Sepultura.
The drumming and rhythmic arrangements are a lethal acidic blend of Slayer meets a more pissed off Kreator.
I found the overall songwriting on Violblast’s debut CD, “Conflict” to be very refreshing, energetic, professionally executed, and produced with the highest caliber of studio wizardry available.
Due to all of these positive attributes of the band, I strongly believe, that with the right push, promotion, time, a little maturing of these guys as songwriters and musicians, Violblast could rightfully take Slayer’s place in the thrash metal world. Check out this killer album from Spain’s best kept thrash metal secret, as there is a so much talent found on this nine tracker that you’ll surely be in thrash metal paradise. Susperia Records Sarjoo Devani