Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, June 7, 2024

Zerre - Scorched Souls


Man - this is a ripper. One of the interesting things in a post Power Trip world where hardcore and thrash merge all the time is all the directions the genre has since taken. Zerre are a really interesting example of this, with their new album Scorched Souls taking elements of bands like Power Trip and infecting them with a healthy dose of 80s magic. This means big solos, mosh parts and lots of headbanging. There is something infectious and fun about the magic of Zerre and their take on what 80s thrash can be in the modern context. 

Scorched Souls is a helluva album. It's fun. It's over the top. The energy is delectable. For those of us who have always had a special place in our hearts for classic thrash, Zerre deliver the goods. This is a record that pays tribute to all eras of thrash and does it in their own, wonderfully intense way. In fact - I'm genuinely shocked more people aren't talking about this band, because this rules. Their ability to nail the aesthetic but give it their own flavor is addictive and speaks to a band who can't help but to thrill. Scorched Souls is an intense listen and one that crashes down around your ears with the intensity of an exploding sun. 

Zerre seem to be on the warpath for heavy metal supremacy. This album is addictive and truly gets it. The hooks are huge, the riffs will get your fist pumping and the rhythms are guaranteed to get you caught in a mosh. Zerre have distilled so much of the magic of thrash metal into six killer songs and I hope this is a sign of more to come. It's hard not to be enamored with this level of intensity, and Zerre pull it off with aplomb. Is this my favorite thrash metal album of 2024? So far yes. And it just might hold the title for the rest of the year.

Buy the album!

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