Holov Posen Tro May Trot
Iron Fist Productions
10/6/2008 - Review by: Anthony Burke
Holov Posen Tro May Trot (what does that mean anyway?) is the third installment from this Swedish thrash trio which was a four piece until then vocalist Destormo parted ways after their first CD. Originally formed in 2004 by vocalist Pete Flesh, formerly of Maze of Torment and still with Flesh, Crille Lundin [Bass] and Flingan [Drums], this is definitely a taste of old school thrash in the realm of Destruction, Sodom, and Exhumer. Musically, the group has all the intensity to be great, incorporating grooving riffs and adding enough double bass fury to prove that they are not soft, but a force to be reckoned with. Vocally, well ladies and gentleman, that is an entire other ballgame. You see, Pete Flesh is a death metal vocalist; listen to Flesh and his death sound is what puts these guys in an exclusive league. A slight deathy sound would be alright, but since he is not out to make a carbon copy of Flesh, he tries to polish his vocals a bit. The result is overdoing it, virtually yelling at times. When he tries too hard, it just becomes obnoxious and the cliché of some thrashers of today. A perfect example of this would be "Cold Winter & Empty Bottles". Otherwise, tracks like "Cut Me Open" and "Death for a Woman" showcases true talent on all aspects. Fans of old school thrash will dig this record. Yes, there are some rough moments, but hey, perfect CDs are few and far between. Newer thrash fan can get an idea what the pioneers of thrash gave us. Fans of Death Metal could give this a spin; worst case scenario would be that you’d have another coaster. However, I will say, if you have Riding with the Reaper [full length number 1] don’t expect to hear anything new with this release, just kick your teeth in; raw, loud, and fast metal!
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