Ag­gres­sion

FEELS LIKE PUNK, SOUNDS LIKE THRASH

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - CON­NIE GOR­DON

DIS­SO­NANCE VET­ERAN THRASH­ERS FEED SOME YOUNG BLOOD INTO THEIR GEARS

Any­one old enough to have been around when these Mon­tréal thrash­ers were flood­ing tape­trad­ing lists with demos and live tapes dur­ing the mid-80s might take is­sue with to­day’s Ag­gres­sion fea­tur­ing var­i­ous young bucks and hired guns along­side lone orig­i­nal mem­ber, gui­tarist Denis ‘Sasquatch’ Barthe. But Denis has man­aged to squir­rel away enough reck­less know-how to match skill and pre­ci­sion im­prove­ments and im­part the con­coc­tion on his new charges. The fourth al­bum un­der the Ag­gres­sion name hits the nail on the head as strains of devil-may-care Que­be­cois thrash are mashed with a gritty, Amer­i­can street­wise tough­ness. It pos­sesses as much left-of­cen­tre quirk as freight train straight­for­ward­ness (check out Once Upon A Time In Hell’s un­canny twist­ing of The Four Horse­men) and in the end frag­mented bits and bobs of thrash his­tory are twisted into a fresh-sound­ing fury.

FOR FANS OF: HOLY TERROR, DBC, VOIVOD

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