Anger As Art

Voyages Anger As Art - Callous And Furor (Old School Metal Records) 2006

1. "Catharsis" (1:13)
2. "Anger Is Rising" (3:22)
3. "Bane Of My Existence" (3:10)
4. "Gnashing Of Teeth" (5:45)
5. "No Seed Of Mine" (2:59)
6. "Callous And Furor" (4:33)
7. "Watch Me Suffer (Watch Me Die)" (3:38)
8. "Race For The War" (5:53)
9. "Invaders From Within" (5:26)
10. "All That Is Mine To Avenge" (4:11)
11. "Self Destructing Man" (3:34)
12. "HypoChrist" (4:07)
13. "Still I Hate" (2:26)

A friend sent me this CD in the mail. Despite being on "Old School Metal Records", I was bit worried that Anger As Art would be another in a long list of crappy neo-thrash bands whose sound is more along the line of metalcore bands than any sort of classic thrash metal. The crappy album cover art didn't do much to quench that worry either. However it didn't take long to see what was really going on here. The album starts off with "Catharsis", a song that pure anger put to music. Fast and furious, this song was the perfect lead off song. Indeed, Anger as Art are a competent neo-thrash metal band. The band is the creation of thrash metal legend Steve Gaines (of Abattoir fame). Had I known this ahead of time I probably would have been less apprehensive. "Callous And Furor" is heavy and fast bring back the excitement of bands like Slayer, At War, Dark Angel, and of course, Abattoir. "No Seed of Mine" is a perfect example of this. I can't imagine any old school thrash fan not appreciating the opening riff of this song. That's not to say that every song on "Callous and Furor" is fast all the time. Gaines knows the importance of mixing up tempos to create songs that are dynamic and interesting. The vocals are of the shouted variety and at times and are probably the weakest part of this CD, although I far prefer this style of vocals to that of the screamed metalcore variety.

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