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Master – On The Seventh Day God Created… Master (Reissue)

Master
On The Seventh Day God Created… Master (Reissue)
by Ricardo Casagrande at 30 September 2022, 5:47 PM

MASTER is originally from Chicago and started out with the name DEATH STRIKE. It wasn’t until 1985 that Paul changed the name to MASTER and he hasn’t looked back. The band has released fourteen studio albums over time including their first in 1990 simply titled Master. The band recorded an album in 1985 but was not released due to problems with the label and was not released until 2003 under Displeased Records. All in all, these guys don’t stop putting out material, with the newest albums coming in 2018 titled Vindictive Miscreant and in 2022 a reissue of their second album On The Seventh Day God Created… Master. This record was originally released in 1992 and was influenced by bands such as MOTORHEAD, SLAYER and VENOM. The release was highly inspirational to a lot of bands we have heard through the years and many that are trying to make a name for themselves at the moment.

The album has an important feeling to it as in the fact that it is a reissue, the grungy ‘recorded-in-a-garage’, live sound to the music still exists but does have an overall loud sound to it. There were no gimmicks or overproducing back then to take away from the powerful force of the live show. Now keep in mind there were some releases back in the time that tried to have this vibe and in turn, just ended up with a mangled mess. The album starts out with the track “What Kind of God” and has a primal rage to it, from the vocals to the music. The track is an angry and pounding assault that does turn into a classic Death metal riff that is carried on with a solid solo and retreats back into a blistering pace. “Heathen” carries on the frantic pace with brutal drumming that are fully engaged at every point of the track. The vocals are layered with vicious growls and are carrying the intensity of the drums, but they seem to be more in line with the guitars and bass.

“Used” is a standout track for me as it is a raging mix of Death metal, heavy Thrash, and some elements of punk, but no matter how you want to categorize it, it is a force to be reckoned with. The lyrics are pretty straight forward and can be bellowed back to Paul, which during live I am sure was encouraged. A great guitar riff like this put to pounding drums would send the pit into a frenzy. The solo is pretty cool whereas it starts at a fast pace, slightly calms itself down and then kicks back into the starting pace and seems deceivingly difficult to play. “Judgement of Will” is a tornado of Death metal that smacks you right in the face and includes another killer guitar solo, which at the time was played by session guitarist Paul Masvidal of CYNIC. Speckmann was experimenting with line-up changes throughout the years in the band and there is a wide variety of musicians that have put their stamp on the history of the band.

“America the Pitiful” is a take on the song “America the Beautiful" and you can sense the hard punk influence throughout the riffs along with the one two, one two drumline. It is a shot at his home country and that he found no reason to be proud of what it was becoming, he later relocated to the Czech Republic. There are tastes of melody that come out throughout the release and can be heard on the track “Whose Left to Decide” which is dominated with more evil style Death metal riffs. The same can be said for the final track “Submerged In Sin” as it settles in with a rhythmic guitar and drums before blasting into a fiery mass of sound. The drums are once again conquering the track with a relentless output of aggression with a double kick and the off-timing guitar solo soars before the song finishes up.

The release does come across as a loud and well remastered release that could shine the light back on the album for those who are unaware of its existence. I could understand that the vocals are not for everybody as they do not carry much rhythm themselves, more so just marching along with the guitars and drums with an angry yell, but that is simply how the vocals are throughout all of their albums. No matter your views on the band themselves, it is tough to deny that this album, for its time, helped influence the genre of Death metal. I would recommend anyone who has yet to hear it to give it a try and if you already have, well again wouldn't hurt now will it.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. What Kind Of God
2. Latitudinarian
3. Heathen
4. Used
5. Demon
6. Constant Quarrel
7. Judgement Of Will
8. America The Pitiful
9. Whose Left To Decide
10. Submerged In Sin
Lineup:
Paul Speckmann – Vocals, Bass
Alex “93” Nejezchleba – Guitars
Pat Shea – Guitars
Ruston Grosse – Drums
Record Label: Hammerheart Records
     


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Edited 09 December 2022
 

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