(Review by Officer Nice)

From out of the USA I received a CD from a band called Outliar. This is a band with a musician into their ranks we should know, talking about Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Bloodsoaked, Wretched). I can't find at once where I know the other musicians from... That's a pity! More eye catching is the fact James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary,…) is a guest musician on this one. James Murphy is an icon if we talk about extreme Metal, one of the best guitarists on this globe in this particular style, a man we know from more than one 'classic' Metal album..

So yes, Outliar had my immediate attention and as we all know American Metal musicians are on a lonely top. This band delivers aggressive Thrash metal, influenced by the biggest Thrash Metal bands on this world, mixed with elements from the Death Metal scène. It’s not that difficult with this kind of music to maintain attention and so I believe lots of our readers will be interested in this band. And they should, “Provoked to anger” is worth checking out.

Starting with a good played “Bay Area” sounding intro this album maintains my interest until the very last minute. “It’s Time To Bleed” is the first real track and will remind lots of listeners of Death Angel, the band that delivered a true bomb this year. Outliar used a typical yet good production for this record and these guys know what Thrash Metal fanatics really adore. The riffs are razor sharp and the arrangements will remind you of those good old days. At some points you will hear James Murphy was an influence for these guys. Certainly those Metal heads who know his solo-album “Feeding The Machine” will know what I am talking about. If you know this particular record you will adore the debut of these guys.

Outliar isn’t the brutal band you might expect, they are very technical and I have always adored this kind of Thrash. Not only the razor sharp riffs are responsible for it, not only the Progressive touches all over the CD, not only the superb and at some points incredible played drum parts; it's the total concept that works, that convinces, that blows me away! Testament is, just as more Bay Area Thrash Metal bands, another source of inspiration and this counts for several points. The drums, the wall of sound, even the vocals at some points…. But Outliar also offers their own sounds, as well as they have surely listened to bands like for example The Haunted or Lamb Of God. Another point of interest are without any doubts the leads. On “Faceless Enemy” you can worship the work of Metal God James Murphy but also on the rest of the songs you will hear outstanding solos. All these leads are played with the right emotional touch, to be followed by neck breaking riffs! And thankfully the vocals, talking about my personal vision, aren’t all the time brutal. No, the vocals of Jason Ford fit this kind of Thrash very well and he has the kind of vicious vocals real Thrashers will adore! He contains a pair of strong lungs and is able to do a lot with them, is able to add all his emotions in them, awesome!

Outliar worked hard to compose good songs and the talent of this band is so obvious, no wonder James Murphy was prepared to help these guys out!  It’s a pity this album is dated 2012 because otherwise it could have started a competition with the releases of this year to make it into my top twenty. This kind of technical and varied Thrash Metal in which there is place for calmer pieces, emotional played leads and overwhelming aggression is wanted! The bands offers musical wise a high level of quality, injects all their good tunes into your veins, with addiction as a logical result. It's an album you will keep on listening to for a long time. The instrumental intermezzos and emotional played arrangements in for example "Another Surrender" will easily convince you about the quality I am talking about. This is the kind of album you will grab anytime you're in the mood for excellent Thrash.

I really like the midtempo parts and tracks like "Vendetta", convincing me how good this band really is. Outliar isn't the band that constantly plays fast, the compositions are way to varied and Progressive therefore.To me this really is a blast, a new sensation I will follow in the future. And no, you won't discover new things but I don't care, Outliar is way too good to ingnore. No doubts this is a a superb album! This is a band that deserves your attention! All fans of Thrash Metal are obliged to find out more about these guys and to add this great digi-pack into his or hers collection! Even fans of  other extreme subgenres, of Eigthies Metal and fans of technical played Metal will adore this one! Check https://www.facebook.com/outliarmetal

My Points: 89 / 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