With their heart in the past but their eyes on the fu­ture, these Brits join Power Trip in the lat­est wave of killer 21st-cen­tury thrash bands

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise -

thIrty-fIve years have

passed since Me­tal­lica re­leased the gamechang­ing Kill ’Em All, and yet thrash still shows no signs of los­ing its po­tency. With a sound that clev­erly blends the best of the old school with the kind of pre­cise, deathly ag­gres­sion that is win­ningly post-mil­len­nial, Bri­tish fourpiece reprisal are much more than just an­other scruffy mob in ex­o­dus cut-offs. Their full-length de­but, None Sur­vive The Sun, is a re­minder that when thrash is done right, there’s noth­ing else like it.

“It gets shit for all sound­ing the same but thrash is de­cep­tively di­verse,” states bassist Theo Brooke. “It forms the back­bone of all ex­treme mu­sic and that makes it adapt­able. If you want to go old school and have soar­ing vo­cals and dual gui­tars, you can. If you want to push the hard­core in­flu­ence, you can do that. If you want to be weird as fuck, you can be Coro­ner! We de­scribe our sound as bru­tal thrash, but ‘death-thrash’ will do. We’re pay­ing homage to the bands we love, not just re­gur­gi­tat­ing their mu­sic.”

reprisal have in­cor­po­rated el­e­ments of other metal­lic sub­strains into their blis­ter­ing an­thems, and it’s all come out thrillingl­y fresh and dis­tinc­tive.

It’s a thrash record with a deathly un­der­tow, both mu­si­cally and lyri­cally.

“The record’s theme is death. It was prob­a­bly best to start with some­thing that’ll al­ways be rel­e­vant!” notes Theo. “Firstly, univer­sal death and cos­mic in­dif­fer­ence: this has be­come a pop­u­lar idea, prob­a­bly be­cause the in­ter­net made us re­alise our own mi­nus­cule im­por­tance rel­a­tive to other peo­ple, let alone to vast, empty space. Sec­ondly, it’s about be­ing aware that you’re a frag­ile, tem­po­rary blood-bag. ev­ery­thing is col­laps­ing to­wards a sin­gle point but de­spite ex­ist­ing some­where in that slow, cu­mu­la­tive noth­ing, I hap­pily be­lieve in the sig­nif­i­cance of daily life.”

Thrash metal just makes life worth liv­ing. And if any­one needs ad­di­tional in­cen­tive to give reprisal a go, the new al­bum’s stun­ning artwork should do it. Cre­ated by the leg­endary Dan Sea­grave, whose work has adorned count­less clas­sic metal records in­clud­ing those by Mor­bid An­gel, Suf­fo­ca­tion and Car­nage, it’s fur­ther ev­i­dence that this band have the whole world in their sights.

“Dan still does things by hand, which gives it that feel­ing of be­ing tac­tile and alive,” Theo con­cludes of the al­bum’s art and how it fits into the reprisal ethos. “A lot of peo­ple are go­ing to en­counter the al­bum cover while scrolling through the end­less stream of gym pic­tures, in­spi­ra­tional quotes and peo­ple ly­ing about their lives on the in­ter­net, so that ‘re­al­ness’ be­comes valu­able. hope­fully more eyes on the al­bum means more ears on it, too!”


reprisal: breath­ing new life into thrash

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