Sunday, June 2, 2013

Byfrost - Of Death

Well, to be completely honest, ladies and gentlemen, there’s really not too much to say about 'Of Death' that hasn't already been said of many thrash albums before it, so for the purpose of this review, I’ll stick to the key points and not waste your time or mine with unnecessary, extraneous details.

Byfrost air on the heavier, more extreme, more technical side of thrash metal; much like Artillery. If there's a riff that could be played faster, they play it faster. If there's a bar of music with less than 100 notes, you are hearing Byfrost when they're off their game. In other words, this album mainly serves as a vessel for lots of cool, fast riffs, boundless energy, crazy screaming vocals, and very impressive musicianship.

'Of Death' is mostly high-velocity thrash metal with some mid-paced chugging thrown in for added heaviness. This really is not too original at all, but it’s not such a rip off to where it can’t be enjoyed. It’s a quick, fun thrash album (8 tracks in under 40 minutes) and I suggest you check it out if you aren't looking for anything groundbreaking or revolutionary.

-Andrew Oliver

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