SPREAD­ING THE DIS­EASE

VI­RAL (SELF RE­LEASED)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

KENT MET­ALLERS AN­NOUNCE THEM­SELVES WITH FIT­TINGLY-CON­TA­GIOUS DE­BUT EP

■ THERE’S A tan­ta­lis­ing grub­bi­ness about this four-track de­but.the hard-graft­ing, dirt­be­neath-the-fin­ger­nails earth­i­ness, speedy thrash grooves and even the band’s An­thrax-ref­er­enc­ing name (and its amus­ingly-in­fec­tious acro­nym) seem crafted to dig un­der your skin.there’s plenty of the ’Thrax’s pit-smash­ing, speed-freak swag­ger about ridicu­lously-ti­tled opener F.U.C.K.U. and Lost Gen­er­a­tion, but when Vi­ral hits stride with brood­ing epic Bull­dozer, the crowd­bounc­ing riffs and creep­ing break­downs of Ma­chine Head spring more eas­ily to mind. Re­gard­less of where they caught the heavy metal fever, though, this Kent quin­tet seem un­stop­pably ea­ger to pass it on. DOWN­LOAD: F.U.C.K.U., Bull­dozer. FOR FANS OF: Pan­tera, Ma­chine Head.

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