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Crucified Mortals
Converted by Decapitation
February 2005
Released: 2004, Stigmatized Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Well it certainly seems as if thrash is enjoying quite the comeback these days. As it has been one of the most bastardized of genres in the metal scene (any band that played fast and had the occasional “mosh” riff called themselves thrash – and still do!), there are some true thrash bands making their presence felt in 2004/2005. One of those bands is Cleveland’s Crucified Mortals. I won’t go into too much detail about the band’s history as they’ve already been reviewed here twice, but suffice it to say that they are influenced by the German masters of the 80s (Kreator and Destruction), and count among their ranks Vader’s Novy.

If you get right down to it, COVERTED BY DECAPITATION is a nigh-perfect thrash disc. Blisteringly fast, powerful vocals, classic riffage, inhuman drumming, it’s all here. In a mere 25 minutes, Crucified Mortals wipe away a decade of frustration for thrash metal. While the production isn’t the greatest, it certainly suits the style. And you have to love the cheap-but-awesome DUI aesthetic of the cover artwork of robed skeletons hacking some hapless fellows to bits, spraying blood all over the snow. Needless to say, the band hit their desired mark with this disc.

I can’t really go into favorites or standout tracks here either, because every song kicks ass. From the frenzied assault of “The Reaper’s Blade” to the closing speed frenzy of “Usurpation”, every second of the disc crushes your skull a little bit more.

I’m done here. Get out there and do as you’re told (not just by me): support these guys!
Track Listing

1) Intro
2) The Reaper’s Blade
3) Masked Murder
4) Converted by Decapitation
5) Sentenced to Extermination
6) Soul Afire
7) Usurpation


Craig Horval: Guitars/Vocals
Zach Rose: Guitars
Sebastian Dzialuk: Drums
Novy: Bass

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