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The Crucifier - Voices in my Head Award winner

The Crucifier
Voice in my Head
by Craig Rider at 10 December 2017, 5:35 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I'm proud to present to you: THE CRUCIFIER; signed via Punishment 18 Records, hailing from Greek grounds - performing Thrash Metal, on their 3rd album entitled: “Voices In My Head” (released September 5th, 2017).

Since formation in 1995; the quintet in question have 2 albums behind them, I'm introduced to their 3rd album: “Voices In My Head”. Arranging an intensely developed mechanic of hard-hitting Thrash Metal intricacies; THE CRUCIFIER immediately implode my inner self with constructively distinguished madness. 9 metal thrashing mad tracks; ranging at around 36:53, the quartet deliver relentlessly stimulating adrenaline that will guarantee to get your head blown off. “Within Insanity” opens up the record with solid instrumentation and musicianship that's full of savagely sinister hooks and flourishing riffs and solos that are filled with grit and raw hostility, H.k. Thrahser on vocals demonstrates a raspy characteristic that's menacingly enlightening. There are a lot of hasty rhythms here that contrast with fulfilling sound production equalities, which at times reminds me of MUNICIPAL WASTE in a lot of ways.

Consisting of complex, dextrous duo Nikos & Spiros on guitars – the pair showcase a consistent establishment of tasty melodies that have a pounding groove and a lot of proficiency. “Open Your Eyes” dominates the disc with furious attributions, compiling efficiently diverse varieties of rapidly sufficient velocity. “Problems” supplies with efficacious distinctions, the swift nimbleness in bassist Themis (Rat) is prominently adequate and amalgamates with the guitar's tempo delightfully well. “Happy Face Man” provides dynamically crushing adroitness, as powerhouse drummer Dimitris (In Core) smashes his set like pummelling battering ram - the blistering force is intensely robust, and coherently thunderous as all members differentiate with fluid elegance. “Forgive & Don't Forget” is a key track; full of mid-paced tempos and organically fresh aesthetics which are admirably commendable.

The substance in “Born To Be A Slave” portrays strong choruses, verses and exquisite extremity - with a fantastic bass-drum and snare craftsmanship. The redeemable factor here is that the record is seamlessly enjoyable, and a notably diligent spectacle in acute Thrash Metal. “Imaginary God” uncompromisingly manifests with significant attributions that are incredibly salubrious, the originality and memorability converges with a unique balance and is just oh so good. The chugging madness in “Fake Truth” examines more classic 80s esquire outbursts of punky-edged moderation,  the vocalization is similar, mini-sermons and shouting grunts proliferates the magnitude extravagantly. Concluding “Voices In My Head” with the finale titular track; I am overall compelled to say that THE CRUCIFIER outdone themselves with this one, filled with finesse and supremacy that all Metal maniacs will relish in – worth checking out! Simple as that.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Within Insanity
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Problems
4. Happy Face Man
5. Forgive & Don't Forget
6. Born To Be A Slave
7. Imaginary God
8. Fake Truth
9. Voices In My Head
H.k. Thrahser - Vocals
Nikos - Guitar
Spyros - Guitar
Themis (Rat) - Bass
Dimitris (In Core) - Drums 
Record Label: Punishment 18 Records


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