Reviewed: April 2021
Released: 2021, Petrichor
Reviewer: Kieron Hayes
Canadian newcomers Video Nasty have a clear passion for two things: thrash metal and classic b-movie horror. Seems like a match made in hell, or at the very least in a cannibal-ridden rainforest.
Musically, this is as straightforward and in-your-face as they come. The songs are short and brutal, hacking and slashing for little more than a few minutes apiece before coming to a gory conclusion. The rhythms are punchy and punkish, owing as much to the hardcore roots of early thrash as later developments in the style. “Black Christmas” is a fine example, and “Nightmare Beach” has percussion that’s pure d-beat. Taken together, it’s easy to draw parallels with classic crossover bands like D.R.I. or Stormtroopers of Death.
The vocals are of the deliberately sloppy variety, wild and unrestrained, and make use of a mixture (sometimes simultaneously) of deathly gurgles, blackened rasps and hardcore snarls, drawing from the full range of extreme metal. Props have to be given for the production quality too, as this all sounds stellar, especially coming from the debut EP of a new band. There’s plenty of power in these short numbers.
As the name suggests, there’s a clear horror movie video nasty theme throughout, and it’s a shame they don’t do more with that. There are movie clips here and there, and the song titles themselves of course, but aside from these the theme isn’t really felt. Had the band gone for a darker sound it could’ve really pushed their influences home and helped them stand out.
As it is, Video Nasty is a fine debut EP of crossover-influenced thrash, but not much else. Much like a number of video nasties themselves, it provides a bit of visceral satisfaction at first, but needs a bit more meat to it to become a cult classic.