|CD REVIEW Fastkill|
The origins of Japanese Thrash-monster Fastkill go back to 1996; in the beginning the band was known as Agony, by the way. After a couple of demos at the end of the nineties and during the early 2000’s, Fastkill recorded their debut album, Infernal Thrashing Holocaust, which can still be considered a milestone within the East-Asian Thrash-scene. Since then, some split-EP’s (with Abigail, Crucified Mortals and Code Red) saw the light, and another full length (2007’s Nuclear Thrashing Attack), all of them strengthening this Nippon-based name within the international Thrash-Terrae.
Last year the band recorded its third full length studio work, Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer, which was recorded at NOAH Sound Studio with Keisuke Okada, who did some studio work for acts like Disconformity (Fastkill-drummer Kazuhiro Mochida is a current member of Disconformity), Proud Of Grace, Gridlink, Woundeep, Rest In Gore, Glossectomy or Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation as well.
Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer does not differ from its predecessor Nuclear Thrashing Attack at all, but if you’re trusted with that former release, you cannot but laugh sardonically, not?! Toshio’s ‘vocals’ are still of the wasabi-in-the-arse shrieking, high-pitched, hysterical kind –you like it or you do not– but nevertheless they do fit to the dynamic, energetic and extremely fast Thrash anthems for sure. Musically there is nothing new under the Oriental sun. Speed-up aggression à la Slayer, Dekapitator or Toxic Holocaust, up-tempo catchiness in the vein of Nuclear Assault, Testament and Exodus, Teutonic war-lust like Kreator, Desaster or Sodom, and a modest handful of technical outbursts that remind to Demolition Hammer or some faster pieces of Dark Angel. No, Fastkill have never intended to be the most original act, yet they prefer to pay tribute to the purest essence of ‘true’ Thrash Metal. And despite the lack of originality, the whole sounds rather fun.
However, it’s not the lack of originality that bothers me, or that may bother you; I guess the predictability, as well as the lack of variation (especially the tempo / rhythm), might annoy some.