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DEATH STRIKE
DEATH STRIKE
Fuckin' Death
(Dark Descent Records)
47:01min

If you like MASTER, then it follows that you also like DEATH STRIKE. They’re practically the same band, fronted by the immutable Paul Speckmann. Frankly I think it's impossible not to enjoy “Fuckin’ Death”, an album that easily matches any MASTER LP in direct influence on the scene. However, as history would have it, “Fuckin’ Death” was to take a back seat, becoming harder and harder to find. Indeed, original copies of the album fetch high prices amongst collectors. But no longer! Twenty years after Nuclear Blast released “Fuckin’ Death”, Dark Descent Records has finally given this album it’s just deserts, and saved us all a heap of money by doing so. An alteration to the cover art (gold border instead of bumblebee yellow), plus four rehearsal tracks, including two that were not originally on the album ('Live For Free' and 'Master'), distinguish Dark Descent’s version from that of Nuclear Blast. As to the album itself, well, twenty years is not so long a time if the album in question contains classics such as 'Pay To Die', 'The Truth', 'Mangled Dehumanization' and 'Pervert'. These songs are untouched by time, rivaling any modern Death Metal record no matter how good. Paul Speckmann belts out his lyrics like a madman, creating the affect of a crazed maniac over the gritty guitars, bass and drums, bringing to mind a gray cityscape, mist wafting up from the manholes on the street, passing into the sickly yellow light of a street lamp shining on the dead body of a victim of circumstances far beyond his control. While predominated by break-neck speeds, “Fuckin’ Death” has its slow parts in the songs 'Remorseless Poison' and 'The Final Countdown', which plods along until the drums summon a faster pace. Naturally the faster songs attract more attention, but I feel there’s a lot to be said for a band (any band) that dares to mix it up a little, and achieve similar effects with differing song structures. This is an immense triumph of gritty, sweaty, smelly Death Metal and it deserves your attention. Buy or die! www.myspace.com/deathstikeusa, www.darkdescent.net

Nathan Shapiro

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