3. Savage – Loose N’ Lethal (1983)
As soon as first track “Let It Loose” kicks you in the danglies, Loose N’ Lethal‘s purist Speed/Thrash credentials are authenticated; this album should have been as big as Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All, it’s that good and frankly it’s that similar.
There is no doubt that the likes of Exodus, Metallica and Metal Church were taking extensive notes when Loose N’ Lethal‘s buzzsaw guitars, palm-muted chugging and vicious way with melody galvanised the scene. Make no mistake, all the early-era Thrash bands borrowed extensively from the 8 white-hot tracks found here and Loose N’ Lethal should be held in higher esteem for this reason alone.
The vocals are strong, the solo’s are varied and intricate and the riffs hit hard. In all fairness, Savage were an extremely talented band who should have found themselves nestled alongside the big guns of the genre because in 1983 few bands were performing Metal this fast, this thrilling and this….SAVAGE!
Loose N’ Lethal is a bone-fide classic, add it to your collection quick-f*ckin’-smart!