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Subterranean Steel
November 2013
Released: 2013, Primitive Reaction
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

There’s been a trend of infusing elements of classic Hard Rock and NWOBHM guitar riffs and drum loops in recent Blackened Thrash Metal releases, and the latest of these which adds songs about death, the occult and plain evil - not to mention a very dark sense of humour - is Scythe’s ‘Subterranean Steel’.

The Chicago based thrashers have pulled out all the stops to make sure they aren’t producing ‘trend metal’ by giving every song on this album a catchy opening that’ll have you headbanging each time you press play. Opening track ‘Leather Agressor’ will grab any keen Skeletonwitch fan by the throat and keep you on your knees in bliss with its galloping riffs and some vocals reminiscent of Carcass in their ‘Heartwork’ days.

Following on from that bitter welcome, ‘Monarch’ and ‘Subterranean Steel’ will keep your blood pumping with melodic instrumentation. Several oozing aahs have been added as well as several excellently paced breakdowns to keep the mosh pit fresh on every track. Also infused in this album’s blend of dark themes is a very sick sense of humour that’ll amuse any B-Movie or Horror Punk fans. So for anyone into Misfits, 45 Grave or Alien Sex Fiend, there’s something here for you. ‘October Dies’ is an obvious tribute to Halloween and continues the sickening thrill ride with use of a cowbell and riffs similar to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Overall, this is an album you’ll enjoy from start to finish regardless of whether you are a die-hard thrasher or enjoy any kinds of occult themed rock music. An excellent symphony that’ll please you all the way from here to the grave.

Review by Demitri Levantis
Track Listing

1. Leather Aggressor
2. Monarch
3. Subterranean Steel
4. October Dies
5. The Grunting Dead
6. The Bray Beast
7. Beyond The Northwoods
8. Nights Of Terror
9. Thunder Hammer


Dan Geist – Bass
Rick Scythe – Guitar, Vocals
Joey Contreras – Drums, Vocals

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