Omission - Thrash Metal is Violence
Xtreem Music
12 songs (51:13)
Release year: 2010
Official Myspace, Xtreem Music
Reviewed by Charles
Referring to their music as “Satanicspeed thrash metal” and their first album as Thrash Metal is Violence, there isn’t exactly any danger of misinterpreting what Spain’s Omission are about. We’ve hardly been starved of traditionalist thrash in recent years- a fact which led me to ignore this in Xtreem’s promotional streams for several weeks- but something about the directness of this sucks you in. The crappy cover art, the fact that it opens with four seconds of somebody burping, and- apparently- their previous career providing the soundtracks for Spanish language *ahem* adult cinema. Maybe it can provide a welcome smear of sleaziness to re-energize a field suffering from the law of diminishing returns.

Thrash Metal is Violence was actually released in 2009 on the illustrious Satanicspeed Records (?) and limited to 500 copies, but along came Xtreem just recently to give the band a wider audience so I’m considering this as a new release. Soundwise, this is somewhere between the ultra-dense and heavy speed of Dark Angel and the croaky rattle of Destruction. Also, I reckon there’s a maniacally blackened hint here reminiscent of the cartoonishly blasphemous Impiety, though I don’t think Omission are quite up to the level of intensity produced by any of those bands quite yet.

Still, it can be energetic as hell at times. The best song here may well be Pure Fucking Hate; it opens with a bouncing mid tempo riff before accelerating into an orgy of blastbeats, screechingly anthemic choruses, raucous solos and a burning uptempo guitar rhythm assault. On Questions, this riffing is so fast and dense that it sometimes resembles a black metal act, although Patillas’s vocals occasionally slide from gruff yell to piercing squawk mid-word in the spirit of several of the world’s silliest thrash vocalists.

So there is no shortage of fun to be had with this album. It is unlikely to truly terrify anyone who is already au fait with the more cloven-hoofed realms of thrash metal, because it is essentially treading similar ground without quite the same level of brutality or raw power as those bands mentioned above. As a nice extra touch, the Xtreem release comes with a couple of live tracks tacked on the end, which reveal the band in an even more untamed, savage mode, and it’s here that, despite the crappy sound, you start to sense the power they can really muster. Good stuff, overall, and undoubtedly worth a listen for anybody concerned at the taming of thrash metal by retro Anglophone youths.

Killing Songs :
Questions, Pure Fucking Hate
Charles quoted 74 / 100
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