Rusted Dawn Red Collar

Rusted Dawn Red Collar
It's very rare that a band can merge influence from a genre's heyday as well as its current influx of evolved talent. Rusted Dawn's latest EP maintains both sides of that fence, uniting crossover thrash with metal's current doom undertow. Inspired by the loose-yet-hyperactive guitar attack of Join The Army-era Suicidal Tendencies and sinister pacing/gloomy air of High On Fire, Red Collar may only be five songs long but the affair is still a full meal of raspy guitars and hammering drums. Moreover, thanks to a vocal performance that elicits comparisons to Toxic Holocaust's rabidness and slight inflections of Cryptic Slaughter and Entombed, each song is a well-rounded and vicious onslaught that rages with reckless abandon. Full of thick breakdowns, chant-a-long choruses and piercing verses, Red Collar is perfectly slotted in either 1986 or 2009. More than a re-imagining of extreme music, it's the real deal. (Independent)