Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FREAKINGS: "Gladiator"

Rating: RRR
Label: Indie/Thrash 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Mosh! Mosh! Mosh! Argh!!! I love the smell of old skool Thrash/Speed in the morning me. It's so FreaKings good to get up early out of bed and headbang along to the vicious melodies found on "Gladiator". Thankfully there are still acts out there such as this utter mad power-trio from Switzerland. They still believe in Thrash Metal. In fact, they named a song after the genre (track seven) and the chorus simply goes and I quote, "This Is Thrash Metal - Thrash Metal Attack". What more can you ask for really?

"Life is hard, blunt and merciless. Sometimes unjust and not fair. Nobody said it would be easy. But do not give in, do not give up". The lyrics to "The Life" speaks of the struggle and obstacles in your way, but there's help to be found, a well-chosen statement since there's a christian bibel and CCM connection to the three of FreaKings. Never overbearing or too much as they keep things simple and very much metal.

Bible quotes and the odd vision were always fodder for the mad Thrash scene after all? Listening to vocalist/guitarist Joe conjure up his finest Kreator, Tourniquet, Slayer, Deliverance, and S.O.D. style and shouts, alone worthy of your attention. The above bunch were all wicked bands so anything bearing their influence is well worth a gander. It's strictly old school Thrash and there's absolutely no need to worry about any modern growls or stuff. Just to clear up any possible confusion (surely not?). This is well worth a look and listen (at the link below) if you're into above mentioned acts and the late 80's/early 90's sound and genre. Neat!

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