Hostile 80’s thrash is the order of the day for these Spanish thrashers as they throw rhythmically tight thrash anthems at us at a breakneck pace. With Rober’s vocals erupting from a Phil Rind-esque holler to a gravelly Schmier-like, heavily accented growl the nostalgia factor hits overload….and no more so than on the tech heavy “Chemikaze” and the devastatingly effective title track.
With riffs flying out of your speakers in all directions – stabbing and slashing like Jason Voorhees on a killing spree – it’s hard to keep track of the pandemonium but when the likes of “Running Out Of Hope” and “Suicide Squad” hit a solid, chugging groove, heads are compelled to furiously bang as Pandemia deliver some particularly spectacular thrash.
It seems that Spain are vomiting forth thrash bands of this calibre at an astonishing rate and with Behind Enemy Lines, Pandemia can consider themselves the equals of technical thrash grafters Aggression, brutal thrashers Crisix, the scintillating Holycide and even the Spanish masters themselves, Angelus Apatrida.
Rough, raucous and as raw as fuck, there’s nuthin’ progressive about Pandemia’s racket…..instead these boys simply thrash-out with upmost conviction and primal rage! 7/10