REACTORY - HIGH ON RADIATION (Iron Shield Records/Pure Steel Records/D'Art)
Watching the front cover of this record it was immediately clear this is a Thrash Metal band. Nuclear Assault was the first formation that crossed my mind and it stays after a few listens the last band I was thinking about. It belongs a bit to what is going on in the present Thrash Metal scène... New bands are totally influenced by the Eighties Thrash Metal and especially the underground scène of that era seems to be popular amongst the youth. Not Slayer, Exodus, Anthrax and Metallica are the biggest sources of inspiration for the new generation. Listening to this one you will especially hear how important the ‘lower rated’ bands, of a few decades ago, are for the youth.
Thrash Metal was more diverse back then than it is now. But in the old days it was never labelled that way. There was Thrash and only Thrash, no matter how melodic or technical, how dark or mean the band was. Besides the big four there were the more melodic and technical bands like Toxik, Flotsam & Jetsam and for example Agent Steel. There were bands like Sadus, Dark Angel and for example Sacrifice. And there were also rather important bands who stood closer to the Punk scène. No, not as close as the Crossover bands like DRI or Suicidal Tendencies but somewhere in between. Nuclear Assault is probably the best example and old Thrashers know they were pretty ‘big’ in those days, even MTV had attention for them. This long introduction is just to say that a band like Nuclear Assault seems unbelievable important for the new wave of Thrash Metal. You can hear it, you can see it on the front covers, the pictures etc.
Reactory comes from out of Germany. I read an article on the Internet about the link between welfare and Metal. This study, as far as it is believable, says that there is a link between the amount of Metal bands and the welfare of the country they’re heading from. In case of Germany this might be true.
Anyway this band released an EP before, what makes this their official full length debut. Totally in the style of Nuclear Assault but also with a big slice of the German Thrash Metal scène, one after another fast song is blowing through my speakers. This is a well-produced album that will leave no survivors behind! It’s brutal, energetic, vicious and overall exciting for a Thrash Metal fanatic. I hear good played and mean riffs, even great leads, a lots of breaks and a singer with an ideal voice for this kind of Metal! It’s not the new Slayer or Dark Angel, not even the new Nuclear Assault but Reactory is a band that will always be a welcome guest on Thrash Metal parties, that’s for sure! I do like a track like “Orbit or Theia” what makes this band sound much more darker and more technical, reminding me of for example Believer, another fantastic Thrash Metal band by the way.
This band easily belongs to the big amount of young Thrash Metal bands that are conquering the new generation of the Metal scène. I dare even say more and conclude that this band is ready to conquer lots of souls in this specific genre! It’s a band with members with long hairs, black shirts, jeans jackets with patches and beers in their hands. They’re young yet old school! It’s a relieve to be honest because I saw to many gay bands lately in the magazines, youngsters who think they know what Metal is all about…Trash Metal in other words!
Real Thrashers can’t lose anything by spending their well-deserved bucks to this album. Thrash, Thrash and more Thrash! Start the mosh pits but check http://www.reactory-thrash.com before.
My Points: 84 / 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