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Friday, December 15, 2023
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Another short one…

Country (for what it’s worth): U.S.A.

Members: Neal Rodriguez (vocals + guitars), Lara Daniel (drums), Yair Vero (guitars), Irving Masvidal (bass)

Production & engineering: Nick Nativo

Duration: 19:28

Genre: Thrash Metal

Introduction: Bloodrunner is a Thrash-act from Chicago (Illinois) that started almost two decades ago. After a demo and a first official album, things got silent for almost fifteen years. …until now…

Content: with this five-track-EP, the quartet brings a timeless form of Crossover / Speed / Heavy Metal injected Thrash Metal, strongly influenced by the sounds of the Eighties and early Nineties. It is strongly guitar-based, with harmonious twin-leads and sharp solo-work. More than once, it does remind me of the ‘roots’ of the Thrash scene, with the prominent six-string-led structures and up-tempo rhythms. Neal’s voice is melodious and clean, with a somewhat narrative timbre and a few snappy shouts. It might be of importance too to recognize a very limited yet fine amount of anthemic choir-like voices too, like a Crossover thing that did characterize the earlier years too (cf. that connection with a certain punky mentality). The drums are of a highly-supportive strength, with rumbling double-basses, molesting cymbals and thunderous beating. Besides, the rhythm guitars and bass-lines strengthen the pushing energy; with the bass-lines even breathing a certain groovy sense of kinetic force.

Conclusion: this lacks pathetic and superfluous modernism, so if you can appreciate the likes of Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Metallica, Overkill, Death Angel and even Slayer or early Anthrax, well, then you know what to do…