Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, December 14, 2018

Insanity Alert - 666-Pack

Longtime readers of this blog know that I have been a diehard Insanity Alert fan since I was 15 years old. I got their first demo all the way back when the way to submit to this blog was to ask on a thread I had made on the Ultimate Guitar forums. Since then they've gone on to play what feels like every festival in Europe, sign to Season of Mist and generally speaking present themselves as one of the best thrash bands in the world. Now we see them preparing to unleash their third full length, and first for Season Of Mist, 666-Pack

This is some truly hard hitting and maddening shit. A record that sees the crossover thrash favorites shift into much more of a grindcore mode with touches of powerviolence interacting with more conventional thrash tropes the brand has embraced crazed heaviness making this one of the bands most gloriously twisted releases to date. Don't think for a moment though that Insanity Alert have given up on their thrash obsessed ways, it's just that now there are a few more zombies and terrifying creatures from the abyss. It makes for the most aggressive and twisted Insanity Alert record yet, and I kind of love it. 

The general silliness of the band has been toned down overall, giving them more in common with some of the more straight faced elements of Iron Reagan. Still the tongue in cheek elements, as with Iron Reagan, are always there and they help bring an exciting new layer to what Insanity Alert have done here. Rather than just being a comedy thrash band they have started to grow up. nevertheless this is a very fun and hard hitting thrash record that is guaranteed to bring the mosh no matter the circumstances. 

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