Label: Locomotive Records - LM602 • Format: CD • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock • Style: Power Metal, Heavy Metal
Only two years after soaring high with their bloody wings of vengeance, these San Carlos amigos throw the horns of thrash, a hail to the old school era worship. The sick sense of songwriting has dramatically improved, and the addled comparisons to Iced Earth and Nevermore Thinning Out The Herd - Imagika - Feast For The Hated Feelin Alright With The Crew - Nine Nine Nine* - Feelin Alright With The Crew be relinquished, once and for all.
Thinning Out The Herd - Imagika - Feast For The Hated California natives have much more in common with Bay Area thrash, and have existed long enough to exude the essence of that generation. Similar to Marietta, Ohio's Catch 22, or Britain's Intense, Imagika are desperately trying to vanquish the Iced Earth reference; just as John Schaffer did for the Metallica parallels in the ealry 90's.
With this new endeavor, I feel all said comparisons can be bated. His disgruntled vocals are quite audible, but very aggressive and embittered. Steve Rice still writes rippin' riffs, and retrieves melodic accolades.
Most of the songs flow cohesively, with character and dignity. The opening cut - "Waking A Dead Man" really sets the pace for a protracted paranoia.
Appease The Gods", is a skull crushing anthem, with it's almost death-like knell, punctuated by the taunting drums of Henry Moreno. The closer "Succubus" has feminine interchange, remonstrating with accursed passion. So many ingredients went into the song structure, and this is what makes this feast, a pleasure of the fleshed out frenzy. This album should appear to most schools of metal, thinning out the herd of contenders to the new thrash.
It is much better than new efforts by Iced Earth and Metal Church, so I implore you to give this band their due, and indulge in their feast! See also review of: Devils On Both Sides. Imagika - Feast For The Hated. Published August 08 Locomotive Records. Catch 22, Steel Prophet, Intense. Related links: www.
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