Strike Master, Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, Exodus
July 9, 2021
Thrash metal is a world-wide phenomenon, it has no boundaries or borders and what was once orientated towards North America and Europe now has a global pedigree. One such band striving for recognition on the world stage are Mexico’s Over Reach who released their debut EP ‘The Beast back in 2019. This year has Over Reach returning with ‘Toxic World’ their first full length studio album in a bid to recapture the fire of a pre-COVID world.
‘Toxic World’ is an album by a band who are comfortable with what they are doing, it is contemporary thrash metal that knows exactly what is going on, but keeping on hand firmly tied in the old school. This is the sound of pure aggression, it beats down on the door with stereotypical thrash themes from war, the end of the world and of course, the obligatory moshpit song that is guaranteed to begin the toxic waltz at any live event. Ultimately, is there anything happening here that hasn’t been heard before within the last 40 years? Nah, it’s thrash is as thrash does, but that doesn’t stop tracks such as ‘Raven’, ‘Winter Fire’ and ‘Ciber World’ from standing alongside the likes of Flotsam and Jetsam, Strike Master and early Metallica with some quickfire riffage that wouldn’t be out of place on ‘Kill ‘em All’.
For Over Reach, ‘Toxic World’ has the band laying down an enjoyable foundation stone to build from and it will be interesting to see how this band grows from here.
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