(Review by Sloof)

Emanes Metal Records released already several great albums from bands that have potential to please a huge crowd, so every time when a new release or band is presented, I am anxious to know what gem we will discover.  In the past years, we received albums from bands like Sanctuaire, Résistance, Omission, Hürlement, Thrustor and our Belgian pride Gae Bolga, this time we got in touch with Thrashback, a French band that likes to define their music as Old School Thrash Metal.


There are three members in the band, and Fabien ‘Speed’ Cortiana is probably the most noticeable as he’s the lead vocalist ánd drummer of the band. Didier Latour tortures his four strings and Freddy Bouteloup is the shredder of Thrashback. ‘Possessed By Thrash’ is the debut album of the band and all three members played in the band Evil One before.  Since 2012, they want to focus on the old school idea with only one mission: playing harder, faster and louder!  Just skip the Heavy Metal, but aim on direct approach and incisive scars! The band entered the recording studio and asked Marc Varez (Vulcain) to give a helping hand in mixing and recording. Afterwards, mastering took place in Canada where Jeff Waters completed this debut album. I don’t know what happened since the band entered the recording studio until this finished product, as the sound is horrible, and believe me, I’m putting this carefully…


‘Possessed By Thrash’ takes 32 minutes and has 10 songs, so you get an idea of the average duration of each track. Drumming parts of Fabien are really poor and monotonous and his voice has a resemblance with Guido of Cyclone, only Guido is 10 times better… This release is substandard, and I’m asking myself how Thrashback scored a record deal. I know many unsigned bands that are longing for a record deal, and although they deserve it a lot, they don’t get signed. What is the secret of Thrashback?? I really don’t know. 


This disc is simply said: a waste of time, even if it takes only 32 minutes… Only those hooked on really old school might be contented, but there are many other releases in this musical direction where quality and quantity is present from start till finish…


My rating: 55 / 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