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Drunkard - "Like Sin Explode" (CD)

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"Like Sin Explode" track listing:

1. Kiss of Mayhem
2. King Death
3. Like Sin Explode
4. Bloodcrown
5. Serpent Terror XXX
6. My Nomad WIngs
7. Project Cancer
8. Chaser
9. Triggering the Apocalypse
10. Murder Carnage

Reviewed by on August 9, 2009

"'Like Sin Explode' is a pretty good album that lacks the memorability to stand out amongst some of the better thrash you’ve heard..."

Drunkard offers up crunchy metallic thrash on their latest album, "Like Sin Explode." They play their own style of metal and don’t really mimic the classic thrash bands. They certainly have an aggressive approach with a lot of staccato picking, but it doesn’t really grasp your attention as well as you might hope overall.

Drunkard thus maintains a certain level of intensity, but it doesn’t really seep into your pores as much as you would expect overall. Drunkard plays reasonably well, it’s just that thrash often takes a catchy, memorable approach and these guys don’t necessarily have it, so they fall into the realm of just being a solid, but not spectacular act. Sure there’s an enjoyable style to be found and Drunkard is keen on putting enough curves into the mix to maintain excitement. Bands like earlier Metallica were able to put interesting segments into their albums like some of the latter portions of "Leper Messiah," but none of those moments appear on this album.

That said, we can just expect a riff-fest of sorts, and on that end the band delivers to a good extent. There’s a pyramid of sounds created to complement Drunkard’s theatrics, and they manage to craft some solid compositions out of everything. “Kiss of Mayhem” is a good example of the chops the outfit has to offer at their best.

"Like Sin Explode" is a pretty good album that lacks the memorability to stand out amongst some of the better thrash you’ve heard and falls slightly short of the classics. This is still recommended for people looking for a well written and played album that has enough craftiness to satisfy.

Highs: Good performances and riffing.

Lows: Doesn't have enough catchiness or memorability.

Bottom line: A good thrash album that lacks a push to be legendary.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)