By Peter Atkinson
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If you haven’t heard much about English thrashers Shrapnel – not to be confused with the dozen or so former or active metal/hard rock bands around the world who also bear that name – fear not. Because chances are you soon will – like, for instance, here! After forming on 2009, the Norwich-based quintet have flown somewhat under the radar, playing sporadic shows – though with such higher-profile bands as Sepultura, Death Angel, Chthonic, Turisas and Exodus – around England and self-releasing a pair of EPs.
With the second EP, 2010’s The Devastation To Come, however, the band hooked up with acclaimed producer Russ Russell and took a big step forward. On the strength of that, they signed on with Candlelight Records last year and recorded their proper debut full-length, The Virus Conspires, which was released in February.
Despite their obvious old-school thrash proclivities and youthful exuberance, Shrapnel boasts a mature, viciously infectious sound on the debut that is bolstered once again by Russell’s smart, brash production. The album has been earning raves since its release, and rightfully so, and bigger and better things could certainly be ahead for the band.
In an e-mail interview, guitarist Chris Martin offered the following about one of England’s most promising new metal bands.