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Crimes Against Reality
Released: 2016, Scarlet Records
As of the time of this writing (Apr. 2016), the thrash revival that began over a decade ago shows no signs of abating. Some of the bands that started it are no longer with us, but new bands continue to climb out of the woodwork. One such band is Italy’s Game Over who’ve been plying their thrash trade since 2008 and already have two albums under their bullet belt.
After an intro, “33 Park Street” kicks off the album and immediately serves notice of the band’s retro intent. The track, and indeed the whole album, is strongly redolent of the ‘80s Bay Area thrash scene, right down to Renato Chiccoli’s gruff, Hetfield-inspired vocals. There’s even a solid “Fade to Black”-ish cut, “With All That Is Left” that does the whisper-to-roar thing.
Regardless of artistic originality, I enjoyed the hell out of this album. Except for the joke tune (“Fugue in D Minor”), the album is jam packed with catchy songs that evoke the best of the ‘80s scene, right down to the cheesy cover art. There’s no way that a thrash fan can hear “Neon Maniacs” and not first smile, and then bang their head along with the high-speed riff.
Game Over clearly fits in with the new thrash crowd of bands like Critical Solution; that is, band’s the don’t really have anything new to say musically, but who’s love of classic thrash is their main motivation. And y’know what? I don’t have a problem with that at all, as long as the music they create is as good & enjoyable as CRIMES AGAINST REALITY.
1. What Lies Within…
2. 33 Park Street
3. Neon Maniacs
4. With All That Is Left
5. Astral Matter
6. Fugue in D Minor (allegro ma non troppo)
7. Just a Little Victory
8. Gates of Ishtar
9. Crimes Against Reality
10. Fix Your Brain
Renato Chiccoli: Vocals, Bass
Alessandro Sansone: Guitar
Luca Zironi: Guitar
Anthony Dantone: Drums
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