There's always an amount of skepticism every time an unknown thrash band requests a review. You have to wonder if they will be one of those bands that manages to capture something special and stands out, or if they will be just another generic retro-thrash act. Well, Australia's Randomorder is the former. This band is definitely one that should be known more, coming from a scene that is dominated by some very awesome black/thrash bands, Randomorder adds some nice variety (Not that it's needed).
This crazy bunch of Aussies doesn't bring anything new to the table, but they have a great sound and terrific songwriting ability, making the aforementioned table completely useless and irrelevant. The most important aspect of any thrash song is always the riff, and Randomorder knows this. There are plenty of fast thrashers, as well as more midpaced moshers and technical riffs. Not only are these riffs sick, but when the band mixes them together properly, there is plenty of headbanging to be had. The track "Ghost Demons" is probably the best example of this, and so is the midpoint of the song "Caught in the Crossfire."
Along with the thrashing assault, Randomorder also provides the listeners with some sweet melodies and solos that fit in perfectly with all of the mayhem. The melodies that open the song "The Dark Science" are very cool and serve as a fantastic prelude to the wicked thrash riff that follows. The same thing can also be said about the intro of "Bloodlust," one of the better songs on the record.
The other instruments that contribute to the overall sound on "The Forbidden Knowledge" are all solid as well. The drums provide some cool fills and add to the heaviness throughout the record, and the drummer should be saluted for his great work. The bass has a couple moments to shine on it's own, but for the most part, the bass parts are pretty standard. The vocals are top-notch. Every word comes across clearly and cleanly, but there's also a very sharp edge to them similar to Max Cavalera.
Needless to say at this point, every member delivers and they should be bought some beers for their effort. "The Forbidden Knowledge" isn't on the same level as albums by new wave giants like Warbringer and Toxic Holocaust, but it's a tremendous record that any thrash fan could appreciate.
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"Caught in the Crossfire"
Final Rating - 4.25/5 or 85%.