When bands bounce back not only from a relatively long sabbatical but with an album that far, far surpasses their previous output it’s a reason to rejoice. And rejoice you will when you hear Thrashist Regime‘s Carnival Of Monsters, as it’s a simply sublime slab of thrash from a band who’ve bounced back in a big way!
Sounding like Anthrax one minute, Onslaught the next, there’s also a crossover edge to their blistering attack as gang vox and lightning-fast riffing indulge every thrash fans wanton whim. Aggressive yet melodic, it’s safe to say Thrashist Regime have delivered a stone-cold modern classic in the making; so sharp and focused are Carnival Of Monsters‘ 11 tracks.
Highlights? All of it mate, no kidding!
If pushed, we’d go with the pummelling genius of “Antarcattack” (it’s a song about ants attacking the Arctic for fuck’s sake!), but that’ll change tomorrow….when we spin this fucker again!
First and foremost, Carnival Of Monsters is fun, it’s ferocious, it’s everything a thrash album needs to be and, in 2018, that is a wonderful thing. You don’t need a carnival fortune teller to tell you that this shit has ‘end of year list’ stamped all over it (not that you’d want to ruin the incredible artwork) and you will return to this album over and over again.
It’s a fuckin’ King Kong of an album, a Godzilla-sized thrash monster, a Frankenstein-esque assembling of thrash metal’s finest moments…..it’s, well, it’s a carnival of thrash monsters! 9/10