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Vicious Knights – ‘Alteration Through Possession’

Publisher
Dying Victims Productions
FFO
Possessed, Kreator, Sadus, Destruction, Slayer, Dark Angel, Sodom
Release Date
28/01/2022
Publisher
Dying Victims Productions
Genre
Thrash/Death Metal

Imagine finding a cassette, it looks new, you put it in the hi-fi and what comes out is the sound of 1985, dirty, low slung thrash with barked vocals. How… how is this new? It cannot be?! Well, get used to it because this is the sound of Vicious Knights and they’re going to kick the listener all the way back to the mid-80’s with their debut album ‘Alteration Through Possession’.

                There is no doubt about it that with ‘Alteration Through Possession’, this Greek trio know exactly what they’re doing and so they should, this is an album which sounds like Panos and Harvester have been locked in a basement eating nothing but early Kreator, Sodom and Destruction whilst having Possessed, Sadus and Dark Angel for dessert. Not a bad way to live. This means that tracks such as ‘Sleep With the Ghouls’, ‘The Boneghoul King (The Miserly)’ and ‘Disenchanting the Matter (The Statue is Alive)’ show a band which are not only comfortable smashing out a Slayer riff, but also capable of knowing how to roll a d20, kick back and play some ‘Dungeons & Dragons’.

                Of course, there is nothing here with ‘Alteration Through Possession’ that hasn’t been done before; but it doesn’t need that? Why does something need to be new and shiny? This is a band who know how to batter down the doors and deliver fucking good thrash/death. Thus, there are two things to do, firstly buy the album, secondly, raise the horns.

"Vicious Knights deliver a debut album of a fucking good death/thrash"
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