Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Shrap - We Shall Arise

I have to say I really don't have a lot of familiarity with either Sepultura or Soulfly asides from the half dozen or so times I've seen Max Cavalera live. That being said, even from that relatively small taster I can tell where Shrap are coming from, and I gotta say, it's pretty damn fetch. Their balls out sound and solid thrash grooves have a wonderfully primitive vibe to them that is easy to dig in to and endlessly charming. Straightforward and ready to go for the throat, Shrap know what it means to craft a great thrash song.

While the simplicity of the music is part of why I love it, the Sepultura worship does get overwhelming at times. That being said, on We Shall Arise Shrap pull it off well enough that I feel almost obligated to give them a pass. The fact of the matter is that it's impossible to deny how a track like Torture really gets under your skin and drives you into the dirt. It reflects the endless power of thrash metal and leaves jaded old nerds like smiling. Meanwhile, the punk rock energy of Fuck Them provides a perfect touch of Soulfly with its cry of "One, Two, Three, Four" and anthemic chorus standing as a tasty scaffolding to the track.

The thing is, Shrap understand the very stripped back power that makes Indian death metal so good in the first place. The fact that they add frills on occasion is asides the point. Shrap stand tall as metal masters, not necessarily because their riffs or vocals are the best, but because the collective, within the bounds of the songwriting is top notch. As they continue to absorb the influences the Sepultura and Soulfly worship will become more tempered and their sonic assault will truly be their own, hop on the bandwagon now though, I get the impression these guys will explode!

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