Released: 2008, AreaDeath Productions
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
What do I know about Chinese thrash metal? Well, to be honest with you, not much really. Anyway, from Nanchang, China, comes a 5-man thrash group called Explosicum that counts on the sound of old school thrash, mentioning bands like Slayer, Vio-lence, Exodus, etc. – and especially the Bay Area thrash style as their biggest influence. When listening the band´s debut album CONFLICT that was churned out on the Chinese AreaDeath Productions last year, you can somewhat easily subscribe to the Bay Area thing in Explosicum´s sound – as that´s what they represent more than anything else really.
The guys in Explosicum have a good grip on this particular style of old school, Bay Area thrash – and one actually couldn´t tell the difference if it was claimed whether they really come from the Bay Area or not as they have really done their home lessons really well regarding that style… I mean, until the vocal parts break in. If you think Sean Killian´s vocal parts sounded kinda unbearable in Vio-lence, then wait ´til you will hear Qiu Jianhua´s vocal performance as that´s actually the first thing everyone of us will surely notice sticking out from their music - even more effectively than those rusty 10-inch nails through the bastard Christ´s arms and legs. Nothing against his vocal style in particular, but it takes some time to get it fully adjusted in your ears. To be honest with all of you – once and for all, he sounds like a 7-year-old kid trying to be a thrash metal vocalist. That may sound pretty harsh and even unprofessional to say so, but I guess there´s nothing wrong in giving you a fair clue. Or is there?
Apart from this minor issue as far as Qiu´s vocals are concerned, Explosicum plays a pretty enjoyable Slayer/Exodus–tinged old school thrash that should get instant approval among the thrash fans around the globe. It´s been proven now that good thrash can be found from everywhere - even from more obscure countries like China.