‘Born In A Coffin’
FFO: Sodom/Kreator/Destruction/Iron Angel
Teutonic thrash has always been the Stateside’s angrier, more aggressive cousin and none of that is lost with Neck Cemetery; Germany’s latest export of neck-wrangling thrash metal that features one half of Sodom’s six string attack in Yorck Segatz who release their debut album ‘Born In A Coffin’.
As one would expect, ‘Born In…’ blasts forward in an audio assault with a pace that would leave Usain Bolt gasping for breath as this homage to European thrash pays dividends. What the listener gets are enjoyable melodies and aggressive passages; it doesn’t stop to think about technicality or progressive moments, why bother? This is an album which has soul, it isn’t mechanically spliced together, this is grassroots thrash all wrapped up within a late 80’s style production courtesy of Martin Buchwalter that reminds us why we fell in love with this genre in the first place. Buchwalter isn’t the only big name to appear here, Michael Koch and German metal royalty Chris Boltendahl also lend their unique styles to this strong album.
Now, there isn’t anything here that the listener will not have heard already, but who cares? This is a great way for Neck Cemetery to continue a career that is going from strength to strength.