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CRISIX
CRISIX
The Menace
(Kaiowas Records)
66:31min

Thrash Metal makes always a good company when there's this 'it' factor involved with it, you know. I think these Spanish Thrashers CRISIX might even have a few 'its' squeezed in on their debut album release, "The Menace". And now when we are at it, crossing this topic, this is some menacing, really skillfully played Thrash Metal from this 5-piece group that sounds exactly like they want seriously to hurt you. Did Satan give instruments to them for free, just making sure a few eardrums would be completely destroyed and ruined? Probably so. Having just no idea which kinds of things may be CRISIX's true driving forces for churning out this hotly boiling and vicious Thrash Metal that they do on "The Menace" but whatever they may be, it certainly works for them in a very favorable manner. Sure thing, some fine, very ambitiously played and amazing Thrash Metal has been done for decades but then again, how many times have you noticed that you have been knocked out severely by just listening to some band, with a great joy filling you from your hip to the toes? Obviously that type of experience has become relatively familiar with some active consumers of Thrash Metal every now and then, perhaps not that often though. CRISIX make sure your mind and body gets pumped with some hysteric, violent and ultra-aggressive Thrash Metal on "The Menace". It is not just any rehashed tour-de-force of re-cycling the safest and most familiar Thrash Metal elements in and out but there's a bit more involved with this record than just that. With the amount of playing skills there's in the CRISIX camp, the band's somewhat complex and varied approach makes it a bit more special wholeness to be enjoyed. They have got some true sense for combining melodies with extreme musical aggression seamlessly into nicely thrashing packages that make you feel entertained - and most imporantly, darn satisfied, I think. CRISIX ain't all about thrashing like a maniac but also curious about breaking about some boundaries within this genre. A song like 'Brutal Gadget' has a nice funky sounding beginning, before it turns into a raging full-charged Thrash Metal number, with a few experimental parts thrown in. 'The Last Monkey' then again, surprises its listeners with its relaxed, rock-ish beginning before pushing to the pedal in order to turn CRISIX into that well-oiled Thrash machine again. But about 99% "The Menace" is about thrashing viciously and mercilessly hearts out for the name of Thrash Metal though. Despite there's 13 songs and over 66 minutes (you got that right) of stuff on "The Menace", there's really no dull moment on this release. I also gotta say this CRISIX's vocalist Julián Baz is absolutely one of the craziest and most whacky-sounding Thrash vocalists I have heard for a long while. He sounds like he could have escaped from some madhouse, full of steroids or something, ready to bite anything around him. Who should I recommend this album then? Well, for anyone into a posers-killing, brutal and neck-snapping Thrash Metal, with a difference. That's about it. More about these at least promising Spanish Thrashers can be found, at: www.facebook.com/crisixut, label: www.facebook.com/kaiowasrecords

Luxi Lahtinen

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