Mass Extinction Creations Undoing

Mass Extinction Creations Undoing
Hearing Exodus mainstay Gary Holt extol the virtues of Irish thrash metal outfit Mass Extinction isn’t exactly a revelation, as listening to four-song EP Creations Undoing is like unearthing pieces of Holt’s past, circa Bonded By Blood. In simple terms, Mass Extinction are a great Exodus cover band. That’s not exactly the worst thing to be called, since Creations Undoing has the same thrashy feel and aggressive approach that made some of thrash’s earliest albums instant classics. The wailin’ guitar solos of "Bodies for the Slaughter” and "Manipulating Evolution” invoke the spirits of air guitarists long gone and the band’s understanding of switching between half- and double-time beats is admirable. Overall though, there isn’t enough here to prove Mass Extinction are more than efficient pilferers of great metal moments. As is, they seem like a decent clone, the bargain version of something far more established. (Lugga)