Gladiator FreaKings - Gladiator (independent) 2014

1.   Kingdom (2:18)
2.   The Day Will Come (2:57)
3.   Gladiator (4:08)
4.   Hate In Our Veins (4:05)
5.   Till Death (:39)
6.   The Life (4:19)
7.   Thrash Metal (3:33)
8.   Atomic Idiocy (3:46)
9.   Rod of God's Wratch (4:23)
10. Why (3:28)
11. False Gods (3:57)

FreaKings are power-trio from Basel, Switzerland formed in 2008 whose sound is deeply rooted in 1980's thrash/crossover sound. From the opening moments of "Kindgom" through the brutally punishing ending of "False Gods" this neo-thrash band never lets up. Unlike many New Wave of Thrash Metal bands, FreaKings are trying to sound like Exodus or early Metallica. Rather their sound is a bit more crossover in nature with a punk delivery. This is especially true of the vocals, which are slightly gruff and shouted. The band's press release compares their sound to Slayer, Violator and Vengeance Rising. While I can definitely hear the Violator, I think their sound tends more towards The Crucified's "Pillars of Humanity" or even D.R.I.'s "Crossover" album, or perhaps S.O.D, M.O.D and the like. However, FreaKings do not sound like a carbon copy of any one particular band. Rather these guys take their classic thrash influences and really create a sound that is all theirs. 

"Gladiator" is packed to the brim with frantic, fast tempo songs built with fast downbeats, tight, machine gun riffing and fiery guitar solos. The band is very dedicated to their style of thrash metal, even naming a song "Thrash Metal", "This Is Thrash Metal - Thrash Metal Attack!" Despite this song, the lyrics are another thing that sets this band apart from the masses of New Wave of Thrash Metal bands.  While there are songs such as the aforementioned "Thrash Metal" as well as some socially conscience songs such as "Atomic Idiocy", many of the songs are based on Biblical and Christian ideals. Songs such as "Rod of God's Wrath" and "Kingdom" make a clear and open statement about the band's faith in God. 

FreaKings may not be the most unique band in the world, but then again that really isn't the point of what they are doing. They play thrash metal and they play it well! "Gladiator" is a great listen. Rarely do I receive a CD from an independent band that grab's my attention like Freakings. I can testify that once I popped the CD into my player it stayed in there for weeks on end! "This Is Thrash Metal - Thrash Metal Attack!"

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