Power of Metal.dk Review

Total Death
The Pound of Flesh
Style: Thrash/Death Metal
Release date: 25 January, 2015
Playing time: 46:57

Although it’s too early to speak about NWOITM (New Wave of Italian Thrash Metal), such processes flow there, and we could call them AWOITM (Accumulative Wave of Italian Thrash Metal)! Lots of labels support the local scene, where plenty of bands follow different classic bands to continue their traditions. Punishment 18 Records are amongst the most serious factors in these processes. А TOTAL DEATH is a serial occurrence in the phenomena. To be full our terminological dictionary we will add that the boys sometimes determine their gender like Vegan Thrash Terrorism.

The thrash metal of TOTAL DEATH is built on the most aggressive demos in the early European thrash (“Total Death” is an early song of KREATOR!), and at the same time has influences from the late wave thrash/death metal in the traditions of PROTECTOR and MESSIAH. This 90es feeling for transition toward death metal could be found in the minimized quantity classical riffs and the more powerful sound. The vocals also are emphasized aggressive. Although the declared inspiration from the European stage as if the Italian quartet carries the marks of influences from POSSESSED and MORBID SAINT. A few quotes from SLAYER and DEMOLUTION HAMMER could be found.

For the fans of thrash/death metal „The Pound of Fleshis a remarkable release. While remaining in the field of AWOITM the album does not bring the genius continuation of the above mentioned traditions, it is more like reminding of the significant achievements in the style. But the release is a late representative of this accumulation that will give birth to the new colossus of metal in the region between the Apennines and the Alps!

01. Intro
Four Walls – The Black Perfection
08. S
ynthesis of Human Failure
Forced Path
No Last Bullet
The Pound of Flesh
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Distribution: Punishment 18 Records
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Rock Thrashler
Date: 23 January, 2015
Website: Total Death @ Facebook