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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Murashita - Inescapable Damnation

I always love it when I get to hear a noted industry figure like Masaki Murashita put together a dream project with all sorts of badass guests. In this case the guests are Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, Kevin Talley of Suffocation, Kelly Conlon of Death and Rodney McGlothlin from Voice of Damnation. This is the kind of thing that really gets me excited, hearing such a diverse set of musicians play on such a well polished and wonderfully refined as Inescapable Damnation so clearly is. Setting the tone from the get go - this is what thrash should be about.

The thing that really gets me about this record is the quality of the guitar work. Every solo is absolutely nailed and the riffs are deliciously chunky. Meanwhile, more angular and terrifying black metal moments face off to create a truly intense listen that leaves your body shaking in unholy motion. The fact of the matter is that Masaki Murashita is clearly a top notch musician and he is able to create a stunning atmosphere in a mere five songs. These are tracks that not only get your head banging but also give you incentive to dive into the pit. These riffs are made for circle pits and stage diving, and it create a sense of chaos that I really value.

At the end of the day - thrashers are gunna thrash and haters are gunna hate, but Masaki Murashita has done something special with this new project. He uses every guest to their fullest potential and his band of studio musicians is truly top notch. Fun, bouncy and unafraid to tear your fucking throat out Inescapable Damnation gets at the beauty of heavy metal and it has a sense of triumph to it that speaks to why the genre remains vibrant and even fun, despite all these years of triumph and tribulation.

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