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Lethal Shock
Evil Aggressor
Type: CD
Company: Witches Brew
Release: 2016
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/28/2016
Alcoholic youthful frenzy of punk-infused classic metal in the vein of Exciter
Chicago traditional metal act Lethal Shock have been kicking around the scene since 2008. Due to an abundance of line-up issues, and maybe a part-time approach, the group now release their debut record through indy label Witches Brew. The group soak up plenty of classic metal nostalgia, spinning an album that cranks volumes of speed metal amidst punk-infused licks and Cronos (Venom) style vocals. The title track shows it’s influence on its sleeve, a Tom Araya styled scream catapulting the song through a manic four-minute speed metal attack that is one-part Slayer, one part Kreator and the rest just alcoholic youth. "I Rock (In Hell!) is frenzied fast-paced blues riffs that owes as much to Motorhead as it does early Overkill or Exciter. It's hard to find originality here, but that's not the point. This is crazed, over the top, denim and leather heavy metal in fine form. It's supposed to be fun, but at the same time a tribute and thank you to the legions of bands and fans that helped make this formula. Highlights – "Up the Voltage" and "Fear (The Devil’s Child)".
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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