ROARBACK - ECHOES OF PAIN (Mighty Music/Target/Suburban)
(Review by Officer Nice)
The New Wave of Thrash Metal becomes a scène in the scène. From all over the world youngsters are starting new Thrash Metal bands to demand the attention of the older and new generation. Some of the bands have reached a point of respect and some of these formations slowly received ‘a name’ in our movement. Some of them are even able to fill their name on the schedule of bigger Metal Festivals. It’s good to see the youth is ready to take over the flame of True Metal because after all we need to admit that the biggest bands on earth won’t be here anymore the next decade. More and more icons in Heavy Metal are passing away, forcing their bands to become a legend forever. Not that the new generation delivers new icons, but that’s a problem in the modern music scène in general, no? Can you name the last Pop, Rock or Metal icon? No, not Justin Bieber….
Roarback belongs to the newest wave of Thrash Metal and comes from out of Denmark. This country has always been good to us, during the entire history of Heavy Metal this nation even delivered us leading formations, bands that inspired the entire scène. Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Pretty Maids to name the most famous ones, Beyond Twilight and Evil to point other goodies.
Roarback contains very young musicians, mostly teenagers. That reminds me of the very young Death Angel although these lads were even younger when they forced themselves into the scène so many years ago. Anyway Roarback is possessed by Thrash Metal too and their sources of inspiration can be found in oldies like Slayer, Dark Angel, Testament, Deicide and for example Entombed…all bands that still have something magic around them.
“Echoes Of Pain” is the first full CD of this band, they only released the EP “Face The Sun” before. Roarback is a very aggressive band and is playing on the edges of the harsh kind of Thrash Metal and Death Metal. They’re raw and brutal but clearly inspired by the old tunes, dark and evil. If you’re into razor sharp and fast played riffs, screaming guitars and fast rhythms Roarback will easily pull you into their wall of sound. No compromises, no nonsense, no mercy! This release breathes dark emotions like pain and hate, as a matter of fact it will give suffering people a way out to get rid of negative energy. Roarback is able to give positive power instead, just because it’s rather impossible not to be touched by their music if you’re fanatic about extreme Thrash Metal. Not that any song keeps playing in the mind, therefore there’s a lack of melody or head crushing arrangements, but the aggression will blow many of Thrashers away.
A good release, a fine debut from these youngsters. Not that they have something original to come up with but Roarback becomes another new band you need to keep your eyes on. The varied compositions might give you the kick you need. The production is strong and for sure a bonus point for this one. Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/Roarback.
My Points: 81 / 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