Released: 2009, Area Death Productions
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The Colombian label Evil Invader Records released their countrymen´s Alcoholic Force´s (not to be confused with the band of the same name Alcoholic Force, confusingly also from Colombia, from Pasto, Colombia) 5-song self-titled EP as a special CD-R, limited to 500 copies, which obviously ran out of its copies pretty soon.
The Chinese Area Death Productions steps in - and now these restless and wild Colombian thrashers´ EP has been re-released as a much more professionally looking mini-CD. Something a bit more luxurious for the fans of the band to keep their eyes out for, I guess…
These 4 Colombian fellows in Alcoholic Force remind me musically of the demo days of such bands as Violent Force, Slaughter Lord, Minotaur, Destruction and some other violent and relentless forces from the early 80s speed/thrash metal scene. In other words, the band´s uncompromising twist for thrash comes out as simple, raw and very unpolished – just the way like you heard all your favorite speed/thrash bands doing their stuff back in the 80´s. Alcoholic Force´s stuff is all about nostalgia – and that is all really. There´s actually nothing there in their stuff that could possibly raise up some bigger and deeper vibes or feelings in you – just no matter how hard or devotedly you´d like to believe that these fellows could come and kick your ass up to the other side of universum. They simply aren´t capable of doing that - re-producing the same golden vibe and feel of the 80´s speed/thrash sound convincingly enough, which I almost feel sorry for them.
It´s always nice to see new bands coming back to the 80´s old school speed/thrash style, but sometimes when listening to them, it does not even make it worth your time. That´s pretty much - and unfortunately the case with the Colombian Alcoholic Force, too.