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RADIATION SICKNESS
RADIATION SICKNESS
Reflections Of A Psychotic Past
(Abyss Records)
37:18min

Indianapolis' Death Thrashers RADIATION SICKNESS have been making music since the late 80s. They have split up in 1990 after releasing: 2 EP, 2 demos, and 2 splits. In 2010 the band reunited and have finally issued out some new material in the form of “Reflections Of A Psychotic Past”. The album consists of 7 brand new tracks and 12 tracks from their “The Other Me” EP. I will focus the review on the 7 new tracks as these are the latest material. Let's start by stating the obvious, it has been over 20 years since these guys released an album. In taking a long hiatus one of two things will happen: either the music will be awesome or the music will be crap. With that said, I think RADIATION SICKNESS really made a good attempt at a comeback but fell a bit short in a few areas. The first was in the production of the bass drums. The kicks are barely audible and get easily bulldozed over by the guitars. The guitars themselves are produced well, the riffs are catchy for the most part, but as a song progressed it just seemed that the musical foundation had a few cracks. Now on to the good points about this album. Interesting time signatures throughout the album were a nice change in pace and provided a quick impression of what one was in for. The vocals sounded like a generic version of Martin Van Drunen (which isn't bad and actually provided some depth to the tracks). The overall drums were great. Plenty of fills and a thunderous sound (sans the kicks) that really provided a good thrashy sound. The guitar work on 'Tripping On The Seas Of Madness' really makes the track stand out. Fast paced and doomy at times, the song is one that really had me from the get-go. The majority of the songs range in the 1-3 mins in length which is great and gets the music straight to the point. The album is a solid piece of musicianship with a few weaknesses. Considering these guys took such a long break and did a good job one can easily overlook the minor flaws. So let's do the math, you get 19 total tracks at just over 37 minutes of old school Death Thrash. Take this album for a spin and check it out for yourself. For more info: www.officialabyssrecords.com, www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

Jaime Pérez

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