And man, the novelty stuff stinks to high heaven — "Long Haired Asshole" is not only unfunny, it was done better when Connelly released it on his solo album — fifteen years ago! And way to be topical by not even attempting to update references to the savings-and-loan crisis of the s.
But suck it does, and bad — it lacks any redeeming qualities, save the faint hope that it'll maybe get the band back out on tour before this threadbare reunion runs out of fumes and stalls out, sending these coasting thrash pioneers on the first city bus back to their day jobs.
The opening track " Third World Genocide " basically sets the terrible tone of the release with really bad recorded vocals that are almost inaudible as well as most of the time indecipherable. And it continues to sound this way until the track " Living Hell " which is one of the very few tracks you can actually sit through without holding the remote and forcing yourself to keep your finger away from the "track skip" button.
But immediately after that you will pick it right back up. And the terrible sounds don't stop there, as you will literally fight with yourself to pay attention to the next track, " Defiled Innocence ". By the time you hit " Exoskeletal " you think, "Gee, maybe the album just got off to a shakey start. But then they drop the ball with the really short grindcore-esque track " The Hockey Song ", which literally the lyrics are only a line long and you'll wonder to yourself "what the hell?
And then it all goes downhill. The drums don't synch up with the blazing guitars perhaps from old age or lack of a better ability to play at the time of recording? And then the unthinkable happens with the next track as you feel like you're in the southern states with the banjo and that thwang-thingie for this country ho-down classic that is sure to make all loyal fans and metal head laugh their heads off to the point of nearly wetting themselves.
But perhaps the last track, " Glenn's Song ", is perhaps the best track on there, showing off their skill from the years past, with only slight vocal instabilities to keep everyone unstable. So, all in all, this album is truly pointless and laughable. It is guaranteed to be played only half way through. If you're not one of those types, then chances are you are just gonna sigh a breath a relief when that CD comes to it's close. Sure it has it's moments, it's positives and it's negatives, it's ups and it's downs Perhaps they should have stayed split up.
Atleast then they had their dignity, but after hearing this album, you can tell that they have lost it. It's been really frustrating this year to have great thrash bands release mediocre or worse albums, and this just shows everyone that modern thrash really is, for the most part, dead.
This unfortunate truth being said, onto the review: Nuclear Assault have always been one of my favorite thrash bands, so for me this was a highly anticipated album. But when I did finally hear it about 2 days ago, I've regretting it ever since. The album starts with the title track, Third World Genocide. Now usually the title track is the best song of the album and sets the stage for the what the rest is to come - but after hearing track 1 I felt like crying.
The vocals are disgustingly repetitive and don't sound good at all. Not a resemblance of old Nuclear Assault at all. There is constant thundering drumming which is just probably used because they couldn't think of better drum lines, and endless feedback to give you a migraine. The only other mediocre songs on the album is Living Hell and Human Wreckage, which is what gets this album its measly 43 rating. Which is probably more than it deserves. These two songs have some decent guitar riffs and vocals that aren't entirely awful like all the other songs mainly Whine and Cheese.
But they're still awful. Basically throughout this album, the songs are littered with ridiculously long guitar solos that just sound like they've been thrown together from a discarded shit pile and hoped that they could pull if off as something good or worth listening to. The ubiquitous solos are undoubtably a mask for the vocals which sound most un-thrashy and gurgly.
The bass is barely recognizable, though saying all this, I do have to admit the production is decent. At least that's the strong vibe that I got after a listen. Bottom line, Third World Genocide is the icing on the cake of suck that is the weak thrash releases from what was once great thrash bands.
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