Whip­striker

MER­CI­LESS AR­TILLERY

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - ALAS­TAIR RIDDELL

HELLS HEAD­BANGERS BRAZIL­IAN METAL MA­NIAC SKEW­ERS HIS IN­FLU­ENCES ON HIS SLEEVE

Brazil’s Whip­striker is a one­man un­der­ground ma­chine with 29 re­leases so far, mostly sin­gles and split EPs, as well as dozens from other bands he has been in­volved with.

No one can ques­tion his work ethic and luck­ily the qual­ity does not suf­fer. Mer­ci­less Ar­tillery, which is al­bum num­ber four, belches eight slices of fre­netic punk-tinged thrash­ing metal that never out­stay their wel­come. The Voivod-es­que art­work sets the scene. Ti­tles like Man­tas’ Black Mass and Sol­dier Of Sodom leave you in no doubt. All eyes are firmly on the mid-80s – Motör­head and Exciter riffs meet Ra­zor and early Slayer in a derelict build­ing, get drunk on cheap cider and wake in the morn­ing with black eyes. There is lit­tle time for sub­tlety or fi­nesse; this is metal for drink­ing and head­bang­ing. No idea what En­e­mies Leather means but damn, it sounds good.

FOR FANS OF: VENOM, MID­NIGHT,

DARK­THRONE

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