Strange Love Biotoxic Warfare - Lobotomized (Slaney) 2015

1.     Mors Indecepta [instrumental] (3:08)    
2.     Proclaim the Gospel Lies (5:14)
3.     Baptized in Blood and Greed (5:14)
4.     Dysphoric Reality (5:48)
5.     Lobotomized (5:14)
6.     Lust for Hate (3:52)
7.     Parasitic Life (3:54)
8.     As We Rot...(Promises of Heaven) (5:35)

Yet another vicious thrash onslaught from Ireland's Slaney Records. Biotoxic Warfare hail from Greece and are most definitely disciples of the 80's greats; Dark Angel, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, etc. In fact, if you can tell anything about a thrash metal band by the t-shirts they are wearing, this band definitely wears their influences on their sleeves. Adorning their upper cavity are tees from Exodus (x2), Sepultura and Obituary. However, rather than just regurgitating the same Exodus worship that many New Wave of Thrash Metal bands have been doing, the awkwardly titled Biotoxic Warfare offer a slightly more modern and extreme sound. The blending of some death metal elements with their thrash metal formula gives them a fresh sound, despite thae fact that many in the late 80's Teutonic scene were doing the same thing.

The album opens with a three-minute instrumental that titled "Mors Indecepta" and builds off a drum pattern that is shamelessly stolen from Slayer's "Criminally Insane" and lead way into three minutes of hypnotic riffing. Oddly enough, this gives way to a spoken word intro to "Proclaim the Gospel of Lies", which is another speed metal fest. With "Baptized in Blood and Greed" the band slows things down only slightly, offering some variety in the tempo so as not to sound derivative and boring. The song is built around chugging riffs from guitarist George Dimitrakakis, Orestis Drapaniotis’ cannon-like drumming and Mike Kavalos’ gravely, punk vocal delivery. vocal style. "Dysphoric Reality" is a good example of the death metal influences in some tracks. Midway into this song the band breaks into a section that sounds like it could have come from an early Obituary album. "Lust for Hate" brings memories of classic "Beneath the Remains”-era Sepultura. Album closer "As We Rot (Promises Of Heaven)" finishes things out strong with more machine gun riffing and  Kavalos frequently dropping into a growl as the barrage of riffs rips holes through the speakers.

No Biotoxic Warfare aren't the usual Exodus-worship that many New Wave of Thrash Metal bands extrude. Instead, they seem to take influences from those early 80's thrash bands and seamlessly blend them with the heavier late 80's bands and even some 90's death metal.

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