ANGER AS ART - HUBRIS INC. (Old School Metal Records)
(Review by Henri)
For some of you Anger As Art might sound familiar. This is the band’s fourth full-length release and band members used to be in bands like Abattoir, Bloodlust and Evildead back in the day. Anger As Art was founded in June 2004 and even did a small European tour in 2011. During that small tour the band played as Bitch at the Keep It True festival in Germany with Betsy Weiss from 80s US Metal act Bitch on vocals. A DVD of that show was released on the Bitch – “Be My Slave/Damnation Alley” re-issue so that you know what we’re talking about.
Hubris Inc. is released by Old School Metal Records on Hubris Inc. but for people who buy vinyl (and I’m happy to see more and more people re-starting to buy vinyl) it might be interesting to know that this album is also available on a very cool looking picture disc. Make notice of the fact that the CD version contains 14 songs and the Picture Disc has 10 tracks on board.
First song of the CD represents what to expect; fast old school energetic thrash metal. Old school but certainly not outdated. Most of songs are very fast, aggressive and powerful. I really like the riffing, fast drums, the typical vocals of Steve Gaines and the killer song writing. This effort just never sounds boring. It’s just that what makes Anger As Art sound different from those new young Thrash Metal acts; originality !
You can expect guest appearances by Mark Caro (ex-Abattoir) on ‘Speed Kills’ which was written in the 80’s as an Abattoir song, Jimmy Durkin (ex-Dark Angel), Timothy Gaines (Stryper) and the First Lady of American heavy metal Betsy ‘Bitch’ Weiss on my personal favourite ‘Rage and Retribution’. Damn… Betsy sounds even better than ever.
This album might need a few spins in your CD-player but you can guarantee you will be appreciating the power of “Hubris Inc.” more and more each time ! https://www.facebook.com/angerasart
My Points: 85 / 100 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish