Surprisingly in the style of Sodom and Destruction, these Australian thrashers make an unholy racket on their second official release, the single The Killing Fields.
Just the two tracks to review, so we’ll waste no more time setting the scene. “Killing Fields” is rip-roaring stuff. Gruff, rough and full of promise, there’s very little to separate them from the thrash pack but Abraxxas provide a solid thrash experience nonetheless.
Track 2, “Grendal”, has an Exodus vibe (the opening riff is a blatant homage to the Kirk Hammett penned “Impaler”) that ably competes with the Teutonic influences. Relatively mid-tempo for duration, “Grendal” edges “Killing Fields” as the finer of the two songs. Picking up a heady amount of steam in the final third, the occasional death metal-esque roars cause enough head-banging momentum to warrant repeated listens!
This will read as a massive cop-out but it’s undeniably true. Abraxxas play thrash. If you love thrash, you’ll love Abraxxas. Simple. 7/10