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No Return
Fearless Walk To Rise




Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2015
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Good ol' thrash



  • No Return are back after a 3 year wait with their latest album "Fearless Walk To Rise". One of the strange things about this band is that I imagine they are fairly unknown to myself and other metalheads, despite having put out 9 albums and having been in existence for 26 years. After listening to their latest offering, I'm hoping some of that will change. Not having heard what their older material is like, I can't really draw a comparison as to how the band has evolved since its creation. However, I can tell that they know what the sound of today's thrash bands sound like and have incorporated that into "Fearless Walk". With a sound that is equal parts Arch Enemy and Testament, No Return offer up thrash that is sure to appeal to fans of the aforementioned bands as well as fans of good ol' thrash in general. Tracks like "Submission Falls", "Bloodbath Legacy" and "Paint Your World" are great examples of the bands penchant for dual melodic guitar riffs and aggressively bombastic drumming. The vocals are a mix of death and the classic thrash staccato delivery melded together. The guitars and the double bass shine in the production mix and overall the album has a very clean sound to it. While the band has been around for a couple of decades, this is a great way to introduce themselves to a newer, younger fanbase as well as allow their older fans to reacquaint themselves with the band. A fun listen, an album you can bang your head and speed to and songs that feature many air guitar-worthy solos, what more can you ask for these days? Definitely check this one out, you'll be happy you did.


    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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