THIS IS GOING TO HURT, Volume 3 – The Best of New Thrash (November 2017)

On the day November 4th 2017, at 8:07pm local time, a ballistic missile was fired from Yemeni territory towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces used a surface-to-air Patriot missile to destroy the missile, which shattered into fragments in an uninhabited area east of the airport of Riyadh. I was there.

Inspired by the above events, I created a compilation of songs which made me feel and revive the experience of being under attack. This ended up in a new volume, the third, of the mixtape series THIS IS GOING TO HURT.

Enjoy this selection of musical attacks with tracks coming from the new albums by Converge, One Step From The Edge and Savage Messiah, plus other strong songs by Shrapnel, Meridius, Odium and Get The Shot.


 

The two previous volumes of the series are available here:

 

Volume 2

 

Volume 1


 

THIS IS GOING TO HURT, Volume 2 – The Best of New Thrash (October 2017)

Enjoy the best and newest Thrash Metal songs in the new volume of Guerino’s THIS IS GOING TO HURT mixtapes. This edition of the playlist features tracks from a few relatively young but definitely interesting bands, together with other songs by other well-known thrashers.

All songs have been mixed together into a single explosive musical compilation, I bet you won’t find anything like that all around. Additional info on the bands and their songs are provided after the widget. Enjoy!


 

They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen

The President of the United States of America, August 2017

 


 

Volume 2 of the compilation starts with a couple of tracks from Infinite Punishment, the last and powerful full-lenght album by Canadians thrashers Get The Shot. These guys became famous initially as hardcore/crossover band, but they eventually converted their sound into an aggressive and heavy blend of thrash and groove metal.

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We don’t take the time to recover from the sonic attack of the Get The Shote that we clash with the brutality of the Cripper, the female-fronted thrash metal band from Germany which has recently released the fifth album of their discography: Follow Me: Kill! The musical style of the band consists of brutal thrash enriched with heavy death metal growls and hardcore elements, and all this elements are synthetized in the song selected for the mix, Into The Fire.

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Next song in the mix comes from As the World Turns Black, the new album by another German thrash riffing band, Odium. This is a group of veteran metallers that have never shown particular desire to move outside the ordinary borders of a genuine and straight melodic thrash end their new LP, which marks 25 years of career, absolutely confirms this attitude. Their music, however, is always enjoyable and engaging and the song chosen for the mix, The End of Everything – which is also the opening track of the album – releases a considerable dose of energy and anger.

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With the sludgy intro of Into The Arena by Canadian thrashers Meridius we enter the second half of the mix. The songs is exctracted from Sealed in Blood, which is the impressive debut album from this group of young groove metallers which have begun to draw attention of fans and critisc a couple of years ago with the first self-titled EP. The new album is packed of furious and heavy groovy riffs, and the song selected for the mix is a valid example of their sound. The album is available on bandcamp on a “name your price” basis, which means that you can also donwload it for free. This is definitely a band to track.

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Next track of the mix is New Ways to Bear Witness, the opening song of The Cicada Tree, which is the strange and – as far as I’m concerned – controversial new album by West Virginia’s Byzantine. The peculiarity of this group, and specifically of this last album, is that any sub-genre of metal should come to your mind, you will probably find within the LP a song that matches your thoughts. As a sort of anthology of modern metal, every track of the album explores a different style of music, with a final result that many find genial but that does not convince me at all. The track that opens the LP is an example of powerful and straight groove metal and it’s also the only song of the album which really excited me.

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Close to the end of the compilation we have a song from Raised on Decay, which is the new album by Shrapnel. This album was awarded here as the best metal album of last September, and this should tell you how high is the consideration that I have on this work. Musically speaking, these English metallers have crafted a style of thrash that is clearly dominated by the powerful and incessant rhythmic sections, on top of which we can enjoy chirurgical guitar riffs and also a number of very good guitar solos. Many songs are characterized by a beautiful alternation of conventional mid-tempo thrashy passages with sections at much higher rhythm, producing a contrast that typically makes the songs brighter and more dynamic, as represented here by the beautiful song Jester.

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The compilation is concluded by Civil War, the controversial but wonderful opening track of Bloodlust, the latest LP from Body Count, of which we have already talked on various occasions within this blog. The simple, immediate and powerful groove metal of Body Count, here enriched by an inspired Dave Mustain on the lead guitar, transmits the right amount of charge and energy which is necessary bring the mix to the conclusion.

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Here you can find the previous edition of THIS IS GOING TO HURT mixtape series.


 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS GOING TO HURT – The Best New Thrash Metal Songs, Volume 01 (June 2017)

After the recently released two new series on Indie Pop and Indie Rock, I’m inaugurating a similar series of 30′ metal mixtapes with the best new thrash songs which I selected among the official albums released in the last few months. This series, named THIS IS GOING TO HURT, will become ideally a regular entry of the blog and you’ll find an update every time I collect another bunch of new songs to share with you.

As usual, here is the widget for listening to the mixtape, followed by a short commentary of the bands and the songs included in the playlist. Enjoy!

 

The special guest of this playlist is Municipal Waste, the old-school crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. These funny but talented musicians have been around since 2001, but their sound is firmly rooted in the legacy of twentyth century thrash. After a five years period of silence, they’re now back with Slime and Punishment, their sixth studio album, dropped on June 23rd. The work is very good, filled with the usual attack of “party thrash” short and speedy songs (the total duration of the album is less than 30 minutes), this time played with particular precision and an unusual care for the small details. I’ve selected two songs form the album, one for the start and one of the ending of the mixtape. These are, respectively, Dingy Situations, which higlights the skills of the new guitarist Nick “Nikropolis” Poulos, and the title track Slime and Punishment.

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Just a few milliseconds after the ending of the first track of the playlist we hear the brutal attack of P.S., the fiery and energetic song taken from Elbereth‘s last work, Karma. The quintet from Legazpi in the Basque country has released on May 2nd the fourth album of their career, from which I selected the second entry of the playlist. This year we’re listening a lot of good music coming from the Iberian Peninsula, something which arrives as a sort of very good surprise.

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Third track of the mixtape is Blood Of Religions by Swiss thrasher Voice of Ruin. Their second album, Purge and Purify, was released on May 12, 2017, and it’s one of the most interesting releases from the new generations of thrash bands. Despite the fact that they’re just at the beginning of their promising career, these five guys from Nyon have already shared the stage with metal giants of the calibre of Hatebreed, Children Of Bodom, and Entombed. It’s evident that they have studied and learned from the masters the difficult art of pleasantness, something that it’s not taken from granted in metal.

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Next song in the list brings us to France, where the band Heart Attack has recently relesaed their new album, The Resilience.  This is a relatively young band (formed in 2009, first LP in 2013) whose style is clearly inspired by the legacy of Pantera and Machine Head, but with the addition of a few peculiar elements which make their music much more interesting than a mere plagiarism of the giants of the past. The song selected for the mixtape, Burn My Flesh, shows a nice guitar work and a series of engaging grooves, supported by a solid rhythmic section.

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With Bloodline, by the Finnish Foreseen, we enter into the second part of the mixtape. The song is included in Grave Danger, the new album that the band released on April 23, 2017. The five guys from Helsinki have elaborated a fierce mix of hardcore, thrash, punk and death metal which permeates all the 8 furious and merciless tracks of the album. If it’s true that the Scandinavian countries, and especially Finland, are typically associated with a kind of suggestive and melodic metal, then this group represents a fierce reaction to this cliché.

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Track number 6 of the mixtape brings us back to the U.S.. The song is Remain Violent, from Woe to the Vanquished, which is the fifth studio album by the American thrash metal band Warbringer. The album, released on March 31, 2017, is the first published after the period of inactivity which the band experienced in 2014, when most of the members of band departed to pursue other projects. The new formation for Warbringer debuted a few years after this moment of internal restructuring. Last year the new lineup started working on the material which ended up in the current release, which is a strong and substantial thrash album.

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Near to the end of the playlist – before the second and concluding track I’ve selected from Municipal Waste’s last album, we find the beautiful Wake Up taken from Conformicide, the fourth studio full-lenght disc by the American thrash-metal masters Havok. With this work the guys from Colorado interrupt the four year break since their beautiful 2013’s Unnatural Selection, and as it’s almost usual with this band, there is again a new change in the lineup. Despite the changes, however, the band leader David Sanchez managed once again to put together a solid collection of enjoyable and aggressive old-school thrash songs. As a matter of fact, both Havok’s sound and songwriting skills have improved a lot with the time. As a result, the overall level of their last works is really good and Conformicide, in particular, can considered as their best work so far. There are a couple of songs which stand out for their brilliance, Wake Up being one of them, and in fact their songs have nowadays a stable presence in most of the metal playlists that are published in this blog.

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If you liked this mixtape, you may want to hear (or hear again) the two other series of mixtapes recently inaugurated in the blog:

The Best New Rock Songs

The Best New Pop Songs