Ignorance - The Confident Rat (Metal Blade) 1991
What do we have here? 1991 release. Metal Blade Records. Long hair, silly shorts, white high-tops; must be THRASH METAL! Well, I did some checking around on the web before listening to this CD. I read that Ignorance were 'thrash' metal on the few sights I could find them on. However, this is just not the case. While they may have some thrash influences in their music, to label these guys "thrash metal" is a very misleading description. "The Confident Rat" is a mixture of funk, groove, heavy guitars, slap bass and vocals that are almost rapped out, although not in a manner that could have this labeled rap-metal either. It's hard to describe but imagine a slightly more speed metal oriented Living Colour, or a more funky Sacred Reich and you might get the picture. The only similarity to thrash metal is the occassional thrash riff, a few scattered gang vocals and the speed and intensity of some of the songs. I must admit that I was initially disappointed that this disc wasn't "thrash" but once the initial disappointment wore off I found this to be a pretty enjoyable disc. Actually this disc is pretty, darn good!