Fatal - Born 2 Thrash (independent) 2008
1. "Born 2 Thrash" (4:41)
2. "Call of War" (6:03)
3. "Sacrificed in Vain" (6:09)
Fatal are yet another band in the growing masses of retro thrash metal bands. Much like Avenger of Blood, Fueled by Fire, Merciless Death, Warbringer, Bonded By Blood, etc., Fatal play full throttle 1980's inspired thrash metal. Unlike many of these bands, which hail from California, Fatal hail from Florida but their sound is most certainly rooted in that Bay Area sound. Slayer, Forbidden and Exodus, along with the holy trinity of German thrash, Sodom, Destruction and Kreator are all rolled into one with Fatal.
It must be a pre-requisite to have at least one song with the word "thrash" in the title in order to pass as a genuine thrash metal band. In the case of Fatal, they give us an excellent song called "Born 2 Thrash". The song title is self explanatory and sums up the ethic of this band. It's all about the thrash metal! The music is pretty much straight forward, headbanging fodder complete with speedy guitar solo, catchy mosh grooves, lyrics that are barked out and a shout-along chorus. "We are born to thrash, we are born to thrash!" This song is followed up by an anti-war song that continues the speed metal onslaught. The riffs are relentless and would make any patch-clad, denim vest wearing, Dark Angel fans break into a spontaneous circle pit. However, unlike many of their contemporaries, Fatal offers a bit more melody and hook in their music. While the mosh ethic is ever present, the band doesn't seem to be just "thrash for thrash sake".
The last song "Sacrificed in Vain" was the only song I was completely unfamiliar with previous to hearing this CD. The former two songs had been on the band's MySpace site for all to hear. This song starts off with a heavy, death metal vibe complete with double bass and melodic leads. It sort of reminds me slightly of fellow Florida band Death, or perhaps even Obituary. After the thirty second long musical intro, the tempo picks up and we once again assaulted with some full throttle thrash metal. As with "Call of War", this song offers a cool harmony in the middle on of the song.
This demo is well recorded and showcases a band that would easily fit in with the current crop of Exodus-worshipping thrash hordes. Some may argue that these bands don't offer much creatively. Frankly, I don't think that's really the point here. For those who just enjoy the sounds of crushing thrash metal, grab your denim vest and jump into the pit. Fatal will thrash you!
Fatal - The Law (Slaney) 2009
Fatal - Cast Into Filth (Slaney Records) 2010