Reviewed: October 1999
Released: 1998, Migraine Music
THRASHHHHHH!!!! This 4-song demo foretells of what could become a very potent thrash band. These guys obviously are influenced by the older material of bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Flotsam & Jetsam. Even vocally this is totally thrash…abrasive yet not monotonous. The opening track on the CD “Darkness (Red Death)” is to me the strongest, especially on the chorus. The band are very tight and keep the tempo up to slayer like speeds for the majority of the CD. Musically they have their stuff down, even the drummer who has only been playing since 1992! The leads, although well executed are a little noisy and haphazard, something more worked out and melodic would of fit nicely here. The only other minor complaint is that the production of the CD is a little thin. With a thicker more bottom-end sound this will obliterate any doubters.
It’s not often that I get to hear a new purely thrash metal band. Sure there are a lot of bands that are influenced by thrash but a band that is thrash and thrash alone is a rare commodity these days. For this I commend Fatal Influence for playing what they want to play without worrying about any trends. One thing that’s surprising is that of the five band members 3 of them are brothers!!! (It’s cool and sometimes surprising that three siblings can get along well enough to produce such fine metal). Also cheers to guitarist Cal Cole for his following liner note: “Cal uses – Marshall amps, Rocktron hush systems, Jackson and Gibson guitars, D’addario strings and the occasional power of Satan.” Hilarious or what?!?! For more information on this band check out www.fatalinfluence.com
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