Though Blood Feast was one of many 1980s thrash bands to make a comeback in the last decade, the band decided to wait a bit before releasing their first record in years. Most of these bands are better as nostalgia acts, but with Blood Feast, that just isn’t the case. They arrive in 2017 every bit as vicious and aggressive as they were in 1987. “The Future State of Wicked” is a constant charging effort, overrun with high-speed thrash riffing and absolutely maniacal vocals. The band’s current singer may not have appeared on any of the classic stuff, but his voice is decidedly old school, and would have fit with their old music perfectly.
Relative to “Kill For Pleasure”, for example, “The Future State of Wicked” is quite a bit cleaner. Don’t mistake this as being too modern, but that album was a bit of a mess, and it feels like the band has tightened up considerably since then. The production on this release is an ideal fit for very raw death/thrash, with the primary driver being a sharp guitar tone. The buzzsaw riffs with get any neck banging, and are interspersed with spastic solos that would make Slayer proud. The drumming is likewise fairly active, with a number of impressive fills. There are some slower moments on the album (parts of "The Underling" come to mind), but there isn't a plodding track, as everything that isn't lightning fast is still crushing.
Highlights come early on this record, with the opening two cuts being the most ripping. Both “INRI” and “Off With Their Heads” will stay with you long after this record ends, due in large part to the throat-tearing screams of each track’s title in the chorus. The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint, but isn’t quite as memorable as these two tracks. Regardless, Blood Feast fans and even thrash fans in general that have yet to discover the band should love this release. The band does absolutely everything right and nothing wrong, and in a world of pointless comebacks, Blood Feast stands tall above the crowd!
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"Off With Their Heads"
4.25/5 or 85%.
Written by Scott