Yahoo! This is one of those records that makes people
at about 30 like me drool, stir, jump and slam one's heels by euphoria.
The hope for a come-back of thrash is being brought by Destruction and
other bands, but talking about Bay Area style we have had to wait long
for Divine Decay and especially the American/Nippon Ritual Carnage,
both on Osmose (in my opinion this is quite meaningful about the label's
smartness and its good music tastes, too). Brilliantly recorded in the
mountains of Hachioji, Japan, this severe neck pain-inducing following
of the already quite well-impressioning "Every Nerve Alive",
is their 3rd release and it's undoubtely their best ever; no way, no
cheesy cheap retro crap in here! This is the ultimate thrash record
First Tampa Bay, Florida native Danny Carnage returned to his original
vocal style to accomodate this "Tampa Bay Area Thrash Metal"
masterwork; moreover, the band's added Wataru "Mad Axeman"
Yamada to the fulltime lineup, whom, together with Eddie Van Koide,
allows Ritual Carnage to boast 2 of the best lead guitarists in this
field. And, if this weren't enough for a very requiring metalbanger,
I add that Naoya Hamaii's taken the double bass drum to its peak of
extremism, maintaining it crackling the measure you need for speed/thrash
This is a case in which there's no weak song set into to fill the CD,
yet the chronicles compels me to give you some details: "The
Sixth Sense", very fast, has a wonderful chorus and very Bay
Area backing vocals, superb guitar solos; the title-track in addition
features forged in fire riffs; "Paradox of Democracy"
sounds very "Fabulous Disaster"'s Exodus-like, while
the following "Fall of the Empire" has a Metallica/Violence
start, and the only concession to the 90's is 20 seconds within "Shroud
of Secrecy", quite similar to Biohazard vocals and riffs, but
decidedly Bay Area to the core. "Sanity's Thin Line"
could be described as the missing link to another masterpiece, that
"Legacy" that Testament have never been to equal, whereas
with "Grave New World" we even go back to the year
1983 with plain references to "Seek and Destroy".
"Psycho-Sadistic Psychosis" is on the contrary a curious
hybrid of Slayer jams with Violence and the middle career de-luxe Megadeth!!!
An extremely rare case of a death song turned into a thrash one, instead
of the commoner way, the opposite, is "Infernal Death"
(in memory of the pioneer and mentor of extreme technical metal Chuck
Schuldiner), which Ritual Carnage already played 4 years ago during
theEuropean tour along with Impaled Nazarene and Driller Killer, so
as to prove it's not a commercial idea to exploit his memory, but an
old cover they love to play.
Keep your eyes open not to miss the strictly limited version in digipack
of this "The Birth of Tragedy", because it contains
2 songs more, while, sorry for your BANCOMAT, the vinyl adds a bonus
7", in total 4 songs more, but as old Texan Dimebag Darrell would
say with his cool accent: "IT'S DAMN WELL SPENT MONEY, MAN...burp!"
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 03/05/02