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Death Is Righteous

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

  • Will straight rock your eff-ing skull

  • Shredhead are a new band that I've just been introduced to. The band formed in Israel in late 2009. "Death Is Righteous" is the band's second album, the follow up to 2011's acclaimed debut "Human Nature". I have not had a chance to check out the first album but I can tell you this, if "Death Is Righteous" is any indication, I'm going to be seeking that one out as soon as I have some free space on my music drive.

    Packing a punch that would make Mike Tyson cry like a baby, Shredhead deliver a modern thrash album packed with groove, aggression and enough testosterone to supply sports locker rooms for life. "Devils Race" kicks the album off with a Pantera style groove and Anselmo and Chuck Billy styled vocals. My jaw was on the floor the second this track kicked in and even more so when it hit the chorus. The somewhat cleanly sung chorus just sent goosebumps down my arms. The song is just a blazing arc of fire. The solo will rip your face off and pour salt in your open wound just for fun. Hard to follow that up right? Think again oh ye bangers of heads. "LPBZ" is up next and it has a German thrash feel to it, which coincidentally is where the band has relocated to. The gallop and pacing of the riffs remind me a lot of Accept with some serious speed added in. Add in some very gruff vocals with a bit of a guttural undertone and this song could easily have been the opener for this album. The trend continues throughout "Death Is Righteous" where each song is unique and heavy and just kicks total ass.

    The production on the album follows modern thrash bands in that you want the bass and the drums fattened up and made more prevalent while still maintaining the guitar tone and the clarity of the vocals. With a style that incorporates the best of Bay Area Thrash with more modern thrash sounds and then taking those things and putting their own sick twist on it, Shredhead delivers an album that will straight rock your eff-ing skull. I haven't listened to an album where I've almost given myself whiplash in I can't remember how long, so headbang with caution.

    Shreadhead clearly believes that "Death Is Righteous". Well, I believe that Shredhead is a legit dark horse in the metal world. When this band breaks, and trust me they will, make sure you are riding that wave lest you be swallowed up in the maelstrom and spun into oblivion.

    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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