With a complete vengeance Holocausto storms back this year with a brand new release titled War Metal Massacre. The first three songs on this release are re-recordings from their Massacre demo but the last four are brand new face shredding songs. Essentially what you get within this release is exactly what you would expect to get from Holocausto. You get pure ripping and shredding songs that pulverize and bulldoze anyone who dares listen. As soon as you press play you are bombarded with sickening sounds that get you thrashing about and headbanging nearly immediately.
The only real reprieve that you end up getting while listening is at the half way point when Intro War comes around as it acts as a near two minute interlude before Holocausto shoves you back into their blistering and buzzing assault head first. Other than that interlude, what you get is six deadly tracks that rip at your ear drums and tear your flesh from your bone, much like the dog on the cover is doing to that poor man and or woman. As soon as you begin listening, there is no escaping the complete visceral metal assault and all that you can do is sit back and let your face get melted.
War metal seems to be an appropriate tag as machine gun drumming fires at you from all directions as razor sharp riffs rip and tear while the bass rumbles along in the background. War Metal Massacre is a chaotic and destructive release that just keeps on rolling supplying you with sinister and skull bashing songs. The overall sound and production is raw and that just fits with Holocausto and if the sound were more refined and if the production were completely polished off it just wouldn’t sound the same and these songs wouldn’t have the same effect.
Holocausto not only nails the re-recordings of course but they hit the nail on the head with the new songs that are present on this release as well, and what you get is an overall comprehensive and cohesive listen. As savage and barbaric as this release is you always want to keep listening and you want to keep coming back for more napalm and machine gun fire. War Metal Massacre is a pretty short release so you can listen to it with ease and it is a release that you can keep coming back to without getting tired of it quickly. With that being said though, as short as this record is it more than makes up for that fact in pure ferocity and explosiveness.
Overall, this is a great listen that keeps you entertained and listening all throughout and it keeps you coming back for more and more punishment. War Metal Massacre is for fans that have heard of Holocausto before and it’s a great release for those that are just hearing of them as well. The final word on this record is that it is a great headbanging listen.
War Metal Massacre will be out March 1, 2017 through Nuclear War Now! Productions.