Released: 2006, Pure Steel Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Fatal Embrace is an old Thrash Metal band from Berlin, Germany, which was formed in 1993 already - and DARK POUNDING STEEL is the band´s 3rd full-length album. So, what else do you need to know about them? That DARK POUNDING STEEL is 100% timeless steel; 100% metal without compromises and 100% inferno for all true metalheads? It may be all that – and who knows, even more.
All I care about is the fact Fatal Embrace´s old school Thrash Metal on DARK POUNDING STEEL sounds somewhat appealing to these old ears. In fact, that feeling is kinda unbeatable, just like one vintage Coca Cola -commercial clip stated back in the day. These 5 German metalheads undoubtedly know where they are coming from - and no doubts, they have heard their Slayers, Anthraxs, Kreators, Destructions and shits from the golden era for Thrash Metal from those days when jean jackets full of band badges, rivet - and bullet belts, etc. were in a huge fashion - and everyone was growing his/her hair longer than neighbors´ kid had at that time.
But seriously, there´s nothing that specific or strange on DARK POUNDING STEEL that you could have heard before on some other Thrash Metal albums that were churned back in the ´80s. Fatal Embrace has adopted this huge ´80s Thrash -vibe into their sound; putting lots of weight on straight-forward, aggressive riffs and fast tempos, creating quite a beautifully appealing Thrash Metal inferno which most of us old timers at least would like to spend a few moments with. The band has borrowed its Thrash -elements both from the European - as well as American soils of Thrash Metal, managing to sound a bit from this and a bit from that occasionally. Kreator is definitely one of those bands that come to mind when listening to them - and old Slayer in another band that may pop up in one´s mind due to the input of Fatal Emrace´s vocalist Heiländer who at times has a quite similar tone in his voice compared to Tom Araya from Slayer (just try “Assassination” in order to notice these similarities vocally). “And the Evil Walks Your Way” also has this strong credit for Slayer available musically, so I guess it´s just fabulous they keep their dishes undone for a while... ;o)
I don´t wanna say more, except just that one thing the band´s version off “Evil Dead” kicks your fuckin´ fancy, hairy ass! This is a ´dark pounding steel´ indeed...!!