Hellish Crossfire Bloodrust Scythe

Hellish Crossfire Bloodrust Scythe
Considering the many bands out there trying to recapture the old-school thrash metal style this throwback trend has the potential to be trite, uninspired and downright boring. There are, however, bands that produce a convincing traditional thrash metal sound, and Hellish Crossfire are one of them. This German quartet present us with their second full-length album since their 2002 conception, and it's quite a ride. The expected lively thrash elements are there in full force, with some darker influences tossed in for good measure ― the odd black/death touches give it an edge without detracting from the old-school sound. The slightly ragged, but by no means unlistenable, production only enhances the spirit of the endeavour. Bloodrust Scythe may not make anyone's list for the most original album of the year, but it is nevertheless enjoyable for what it is: a 42-minute thrash attack. (I Hate)