Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dr. Living Dead - A Fun Headbanging Time

There aren't many crossover bands coming out these days, which is a shame. Crossover is easily one of the most fun subgenres of thrash, and Dr. Living Dead is a perfect example of this. There is no need for innovation or technicality on the Swedish thrashers' self titled debut, just straightforward thrashing with a punk twist. If you fail to headbang at all while listening to this record, then you are in dire need of help.

All of the tracks on this record are pretty short (The longest track is 4 minutes) and hit the listener , one after the other. Some tracks are pretty fast throughout, but for the most part the tracks have a great mix of midpaced, heavy riffs and faster riffs, making for a perfect headbanging environment. The vocals here are clean and command the crossover madness nicely, and there are also some cool gang vocal sections that are more than capable of getting the listener to shout along crazily. The bass and drums work here isn't much to brag about and neither is the lead guitar work, but this album is about the catchy riffs and how the vocals mesh together perfectly for maximum fun. It's not about the solos.

Songs like "UFO Attack" and "Chucky" can send the listener into a headbanging trance with ease, while tracks like "Hard Target" and "Reptiles Beneath" bring a serious thrash attack and are sure to be great moshers at a Dr. Living Dead show. 

There are no complaints that can be made about this album, and much like this album, this review is going to be short and sweet. There isn't much more to be said, other than this record is ridiculously fun and catchy. Get your hands on it!

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Final Rating - 4.3/5 or 86%.

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