Earth Crisis - Neutralize The Threat (Century Media)

Screw the message, just listen to the riffage...
Release Date: 
4 Jul 2011 - 7:46am

Earth Crisis are apparently straight edge (not that we should hold that against them). Regardless of messages and political stances, I fucking love this album. It reeks of old time thrash from the late 80's/early 90's and made me get out of my bath chair and stagger around the room till the nurses came in and had me strapped back in again... Neutralize The Threat is simply a great album

The opening track Raise starts with some lovely twanging bass from Ian Edwards, coupled with some relentless guitar and drums. Throw in some agonising growls for vocals and you have a delightful mix. Karl Buechner (vocals) punches out the lyrics in a simple yet brutal fashion.

Relentless is a word that kept cropping up for me; Dennis Merrick pounds the drums to perfection and I simply LOVE the entire album. The second track (and album title) is Neutralize The Threat and it distills all the goodness of early Slayer, Sepultura and Venom into a sweet, sweet track.

Listening to this album is like taking a trip back in time. I'd say it is a refreshing antidote to the over-intellectualisation of metal but there are 'messages' of one description or another in every track. There's a theme of vigilante action throughout the album but I couldn't say if the band is pro or anti...but like I said before, regardless of that it's a corker of an album.

100 Kiloton Blast is slow, thick and heavy; the vocal style doesn't really go anywhere but does it need to? No, it does what it needs to do and nothing more. The guitars of Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards work incredibly well together; it's like they deliver exactly what's needed. No more, no less.

Counterstrike, By Conscience Compelled and Black Talons Tear are just solid, uncomplicated metal tracks, and I love them for it.

Askari has some delightful dischordant sounds and the rest of the album is in a similar vein; just simple, honest to goodness metal. Like an advert for Muesli, if muesli had big pieces of iron shavings and chunks of metal shards in it. Chris Harris produced this album, and he's done a brilliant job at keeping everything in harmony. It's well-balanced, it's not over produced and is generally a delight on the ears. A top notch effort from everyone involved.