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Alcoholator
Coma
Type: CD
Company: EBM Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 3/2/2012
Solid old school thrash
Alcoholator's "Coma" is the band's debut full-length out on EBM Records. I was unsure what to expect from this band but I have to say I'm pretty damn impressed. Musically these Canadians are very technical and deliver some solid old school thrash with some melodies thrown in for good mix. The guitar hooks are very catchy and plenty of solos appear to please the guitarist in all of us.

Songs like "Catastrophic Violence", "Break the Wall" and their cover of Exciter's "Pounding Metal" allow the boys to showcase their chops and their love of all things thrash and NWOBHM. The singer has a mix of Tom Araya and Paul Baloff styles going on. Solos a la Kerry King and Adrian Murray pop up with some pretty heavy drums and grooving bass lines bringing up the low end. The production is solid and crisp, tying everything together in a perfect brew of metal!

I am glad I stumbled upon these Canadian lads. If you can get past the silliness of a few songs ("Liquid Thrash" and "Drink Beer...or Die Trying" are all about the band's affinity for beer), this band really delivers a good dose of old school thrash that will have you banging your head and raising a beer to the metal gods!
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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