Dallas Thrash Metal band ELECTRIC VENGEANCE is back with a new LP titled Homicidal Relapse. Some of you might remember the old days of tape trading to show each other new bands. This sounds like it came straight from that time, the glory days of hearing a group’s heart and soul poured into those eight or nine songs. To say these guys have an old school sound is an understatement. And sure, the record is a little rough around the edges in places, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable listen, because it is.
Right away I really liked the riffs, the groove, and the feel of title track “Homicidal Relapse.” Then again when a song is all about someone looking to do some killing, I’m all ears, ‘cause I’m sick like that. There’s a definite Spreading the Disease/Among the Living-era ANTHRAX vibe on this one, which is also a plus. Another one I thoroughly enjoyed was/is “Bad Boys In Body Bags.” The lyrics are priceless and there’s a killer get-up-and-go, and I can only imagine how cool this one must be in a live setting.
“Gunfight” is short and sweet; the band gets in and out in under three minutes. On the other side of that coin, “Ouija at Witching Hour” clocks in at 7:35 and is musically the most ambitious track on the disc. It’s also another one of my favorites, so great job by the guys here. Now, with a title like “Beaten to Death For Exercise” of course I was interested in this one immediately. You throw in an intro from an interview with Richard Kuklinski aka “The Iceman” and I’m all in. It hits hard, has a great riff, and is another winner.
Now with all of this said, I actually wasn’t a big fan of “Street Urchin”, but that’s a minor blemish when compared to the rest of the album. Also, if we’re being honest, opener “Street Metal Attack”, while good, is in the wrong spot on the record. I think the title track would have made for a better way to get the party started. But fear not because closer “Keep It Electric” finds the band swinging for the fences, and “Brackish” also features some chunky-ass riffage I could really sink my teeth into.
So, at the end of the day I definitely had some fun blasting Homicidal Relapse. I think ELECTRIC VENGEANCE is a very talented band, and if they keep doing what they’re doing they’ll definitely go places. As I said before, they’re a bit rough around the edges, but that rawness is part of their appeal. I’m very curious to see what their live show is like, because I can imagine shots being thrown back and massive circle pits popping up like crazy. If you’re looking for Thrash with that back-in-the-day feel then check these guys out. I guarantee you’ll dig them.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Ouija at Witching Hour”, “Beaten to Death For Exercise”, “Bad Boys In Body Bags”, “Homicidal Relapse”