Released: 2016, HPGD Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Pennsylvania’s No Gods, the self-described “Beach Boys of Thrash Metal”, have just released their debut EP through HPGD Productions, and while it’s certainly not PET SOUNDS PART 2, it is still a pretty ferocious display of thrash.
Formerly operating under the name Panic for several years, No Gods feed on a steady diet of ultra-violent old school thrash; Baloff-era Exodus, Heathen, classic Destruction – the really good stuff. But the band also inserts elements of death metal riffing and hardcore breakdowns into their sound that works surprisingly well. There’s no mistaking that No Gods are at their soul a thrash band, but the additional density to their sound really rattles your ribcage in all the right places.
You’ll find plenty to like across the EP’s five tracks, but “Coven” and “Dust” were particular standouts. The former seethes with fat, chunky riffs and threatens at times to go into full doom mode, while the latter swings a pit-friendly groove that accelerates into hyper-drive when you’re least expecting it. The guys are all adept at their instruments, keeping the riffs and rhythms tight but capable of blasting into ballistic shred mode when the moment calls for it. Bonus points for Joey Torelli who vocally sounds like Zetro Souza 30-pounds ago.
If you like your thrash with a little extra oomph in the tank, NO GODS gets the job done. It’s a classic sound on amphetamines, and it’s pretty awesome at that. There’s a limited number of physical CDs available, but you can check out No Gods via the HPGD Productions Bandcamp page.