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Friday, January 29, 2016
Suppressive Fire (by MMB)
release: 14 January 2016
I have been listening to this album a whole lot because it’s that good, at many levels. You also can hear the complete album yourself at the Bandcamp link below. They sound professional, serious and obsessed with making a good album, one that shows what this band is about. Well, I hope that they feel great about the album because it is a strong one. Let’s put Suppressive Fire under the unmerciful eye of the microscope and get down to the nuts and bolts and let’s figure how they have done it.
thrash; black thrash; furious, tight thrash with blasting as an element in the songs; the blasting is used selectively; this type of extreme metal thrash is not just for the thrash category; this band can roll on stage with the best of thrash bands, but they have the metal to get down with death metal and black metal bands due to the intensity of the album
ripping guitar tone and riffs by the boatload; the frenetic drumming is thoughtful and skillful and sounds fantastic; the guitar work is riffs, hooks and shredding
black thrash vocals; the type of vocals, more or less, found on Sodom albums, mid 80s to early 90s; old Sodom, late 80s Sepultura, Angelcorpse, Dissection and other similar vocal styles would be reasonable points of reference
remarkably clear and upfront sound; you can hear all sorts of details in the drumming; you can hear the cymbal work; the drum sound is an attractive component of the album; this sounds like a professional recording; it’s a good balance between raw metal and technology
songs to remember; songs to bang your head; the band knows how to write songs in this genre
Repeated listens have only confirmed and strengthened the initial positive impression. The combination of an album that sounds good and songs that will attract serious metal people should give Suppressive Fire many reasons to continue. This is an independent album, and that means that the band needs more than just internet likes. They need to be heard and to be supported by the people that are into the album. They have made a work that demonstrates dedication to metal. Tell your friends about it and maybe we all get lucky and the band decides to make another album. They most likely have made some sacrifices in order to do the album independently and their bank accounts have probably taken a major hit. They may be living with their parents or under a freeway because of this album. The main thing is this: listen to this album once, listen to it a few times all the way through. Does it make you bang your head? Does it move you? If so, then that is your answer: Suppressive Fire needs you, metalhead!
People who hate thrash, black thrash and extreme metal in general should stay away. People that support thrash, black and death metal are the main audiences.
official band information:
“North Carolina Death Thrashers SUPPRESSIVE FIRE will release debut album Bedlam on January 14, 2016. The album was mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and features art by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Abysmal Dawn). SUPPRESSIVE FIRE channels the old school fury of bands like KREATOR, EXODUS, DEATH, and SODOM in creating its own brand of scorched-earth devastation.
SUPPRESSIVE FIRE proudly hail from Raleigh, along with greats such as Corrosion of Conformity and Between the Buried and Me. The trio has shared the stage with Toxic Holocaust, Wretched, Genocide Pact, The Hookers, and a slew of other bands and have no plans on slowing down. SUPPRESSIVE FIRE began their all-out attack on the Southeastern metal scene in 2013 and have refused to restrain the assault. Independently releasing Hellwraith (EP) in August 2014 and Covered in Conflict (Split) in 2015, the stage is now set for the unrepentant annihilation that is Bedlam.
Members: Joseph Bursey - Guitars // Aaron Schmidt Bass/vox // Brandon Smith - Drums
Suppressive Fire begun their all-out attack on the Southeastern metal scene in 2013 and have refused to let up the assault. Independently releasing Hellwraith (EP) in August 2014 and Covered in Conflict (Split) in 2015. They’re set to release their debut album, Bedlam, in January 2016. This album was mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) with art by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Abysmal Dawn). Proudly they hail from Raleigh with greats such as Corrosion of Conformity and Between the Buried and Me and take aim as a 3-piece focusing influence from bands such as Kreator, Exodus, Death, and Sodom. They’ve shared the stage with Toxic Holocaust, Wretched, Genocide Pact, The Hookers, and a slew of other bands and have no plans on slowing down.”
Hellwraith demo 2014
Covered in Conflict Split 2015
Bedlam Full-length 2016
2.The Hellwraith 04:17
3.Coup d'État 03:28
4.Thy Flesh Consumed 04:42
5.Bayonet Penetration 04:19
6.Nazi Face Melter 02:53
7.Pyrophoric Blood 04:55
9.Crucify the Kings 03:20
10.Holy Masochism 03:59
total time 43:58