Spine wrecking, head banging, down right face melting and more descriptors can be used to properly describe Sadistic Ritual’s debut full length Visionaire of Death. Guitarist and vocalist Charlie Southern commented, “If your head isn’t banging, you don’t have a pulse”, and with that said it is incredibly hard not to head bang while listening to this record, and if you don’t you may as well not be alive. Each of the ten tracks attached to this title get right under your skin and have you head banging until your brain bruises. Right out of the gate through to the final note, Visionaire of Death provides you with adrenaline and fist pumping thrash metal for your wicked enjoyment.
With riffs aplenty and turbo charged drumming alongside a great vocal performance and a rumbling bass, Sadistic Ritual provides you with a pure thrash sound that is incredibly infectious and undeniable. Each track is a shredding storm of fiery metal that melts your face before you realize what happened. Visionaire of Death does a great job of sinking its hooks in to you and bringing you along for a wild whip lash inducing ride.
These tracks here are catchy and memorable yet violent and volatile. Assaulting you from all sides, each track hits and hits hard steamrolling everything in their path leaving nothing behind but scorched earth. Visionaire of Death leaves your head spinning and your neck bent in half by the end of it all leaving you reaching for the play button again and again for more caustic thrashing mayhem.
Sadistic Ritual has created something here that is highly entertaining, engaging and down right skull grinding heavy. Ever blistering and ceaseless, Visionaire of Death rolls from track to mayhem fueled track leaving your skin blistered and your blood boiling. Never are you to come across filler or fluff, and with all fads pushed aside, Sadistic Ritual offers up true neck destroying thrash.
With great technicality, song writing, execution and production, Sadistic Ritual provides you with a release here that is firmly rooted among the best thrash releases this year. Visionaire of Death is an excellent record, and really not much more needs to be said than that.
Visionaire of Death is out now through Boris Records and Unspeakable Axe Records.
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