Released: 2005, GMR Music Group
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
TTHHHRRAASSHHHH....!!!!!!! This one word should easily sum up the content for these absolutely relentless Dutch thrashers Deadhead´s new album titled HAATLAND. I don´t know how I succeeded in escaping to not check this record any earlier, but better late than never as some smartass Einstein once stated.
Deadhead´s HAATLAND, which happens to be the band´s 4th full-length Thrash -package in their history, which started as early as April 8th 1989 in Kampen., is actually everything that I love and adore in a well-made and REAL sounding Thrash Metal: It´s got an essential amount of aggression, brutality, catchiness and a good, punishing vibe raging through the whole album non-stop - and the most important thing, it never grows old at any point when spinning the record from start to finish. Content-wise, HAATLAND reminds me of all that why I have always found 80´s -tinged Thrash Metal closest to my heart and soul; lifting up such names on the table as early Kreator, Invocator, Sadus, Morbid Saint, Demolition Hammer and Num Skull as fair comparisons. I mean, some of these Thrash Metal acts that basically did their best works in the ´80s era of metal, or at least they knew once how to do it right without sounding too polished, or watered-down, or pussy for more commercial ears. If you haven´t heard any of the band´s previous works before, then start from HAATLAND because it´s easily their best work to date. For some strange reason, none of their earlier albums succeeded in winning my undivided interest for their side; they were pretty sort of ´warm-up´ releases for me. But HAATLAND truly did. It actually impaled my heart to it for eternity.
As for the songs on HAATLAND, I think it´s completely unnecessary to define some detailed musical ingredients for them piece by piece simply because each track they have got in for this killer Thrash Metal -slab, has truly earned its own privileged place on the album. As a suggestive yet useful tip, I can only say each of the songs´ intensity level is so high that it puts blood pumping in your blood circulating system more effective way than, let´s say, think of yourself in the middle of vast open sea, surrounded by an army of strong and hungry white sharks after for a delicious piece of fresh meat for dinner. Oh, and you had just realized you had started bleeding blood from your nose a couple of minutes ago... and the water around you started turning red inch by inch. Is that enough for your imagination? ;=)
I count on you now that you know what to do next if you still haven´t heard probably the best Thrash Metal album of 2005... ;=)