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Feral
Live and Wrecked
May 2009
Released: 2009, Independent
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Stu Occupier

Recorded at the Standard in East London on the 18th of March this year, this recording gives you some idea as to why they are becoming one of the hottest acts in London because ‘live’ is where this bands strength lies.

They have been working together in one form or another for four years now and are clearly reaping the rewards of some very hard work.



Starting with a new song "Fight the Tide" we get an aborted start as somebody was onstage who shouldn't have been put them off. Now most bands would have edited that out and started again, but there are no fancy edits here, this adds to the charm of the entire album, as does keeping the in-between chat from main vocalist Martin.



But what of the music, I hear you cry ?



The opening track has a classy old school mid-tempo thrash feel with some Maidenesque guitar work towards the end, the song reminds me of Slayer's "Bloodline", it's that good. Following on with a similar vibe comes 'Magnetic Vibe' with a tinge of Sabbath in there and a vocal delivery that has a nice hint of Danzig from Laurence (singer/guitarist). To be honest each track just reeks of 'class' and the musicianship here is virtually unrivalled by any metal band around at the moment.



Of course it's not all perfect for there is a single blight upon this perfection and that is the inclusion of Metallica's "Harvester Of Sorrow", which, I might add, they do very well. However I would not have included this because they are better than that. Many bands run out of ideas and include a cover to pad out an album, Feral clearly have enough ideas and songs for a double album, so guys, nothing wrong with a cover live but not for a debut album.
Track Listing

01. Fight The Tide
02. Magnetic Pull
03. Truth Is Lies
04. Tonight We Dine... In Hell
05. Harvester Of Sorrow
06. Twisted Sinister Smile

Lineup

James Folan (Bass)
Tom Agar (Drums)
Martin McCusker (Vocals/Guitar)
Laurence Leahy (Vocals/Guitar)


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