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ROADKILL XIII
ROADKILL XIII
Triskaidekaphobia
(Rebirth The Metal Productions / Satanath Records)
37:23min

2014's "Triskaidekaphobia" (a.k.a. fear of the number thirteen) is ROADKILL XIII's sophomore album. Their debut album, 2007's "The Chronicles" was released independently, so maybe that is the reason why I haven't heard anything about this band before. As stated above, I don't know if they have had any change or evolution in style since their debut album, but as for "Triskaidekaphobia", I can say this is a solid Death / Thrash album with an obvious old school vibe and the usual German twist. The musicianship displayed here is impressive. The band sounds really tight and their songs have great dynamics. They range from slow, double bass filled parts to full on Thrash Metal speed, akin SEPULTURA's "Arise" or SODOM's "Agent Orange" eras. Curious enough they did not use blast beats in this album, which is something that I really admire and applaud. I think that resource has been overused in the last 7-8 years. But that is just a personal opinion. A perfect example of their style can be found in the song 'Purblind Gods'. This one mixes the slower (and a bit more melodic / groovy) side of the band with a mid-paced Thrash Metal attack, chain gang chorus included! Check out the neat guitar lead too. Most of their songs have really good riffing which leads to infectious head banging. The album sounds really organic and it has that raw, dirty overall analog atmosphere. A gnarly guitar tone, round bass guitar tone and sharp drums are the perfect foundation for the vocals. Actually, Peter Kern's vocals work perfectly along their songs: in your face attack for the faster numbers, but they also adapt well to the slower and heavier songs. Mix wise, everything is there. Every instrument has its spot and they work really good together as a unit. ROADKILL XIII is not bringing anything new to the table, but they make it up with tons of attitude, great Death / Thrash Metal riffing and an undeniable mid 90s vibe. Trivia: try to identify the quotes used in this album. I had a great time doing so. Go show the band some well deserved support here: www.facebook.com/roadkill13.  And you can contact their current label here: www.rebirththemetal.de.vu

Alfonso Perez

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