Of all the styles that I listen to, perhaps the one that has the most amount of bands that try and fail miserably is undoubtedly thrash. Inspired by the likes of the Big Four, it seems so many metal heads out there thinks they can do a thrash record and it’ll be great! Sadly, though, that’s not the case and we get many albums that should not be made simply because there’s nothing to them but copy and pasting. Every now and then we get a tasteful new band with plenty of potentials to breathe new life into thrash, and right now for me, that band is Bütcher.
To create a thrash record that has actual quality to it, you not only need a good sense of speed but also where to place the rhythms so what you’re busting out just isn’t a fucking mess of sound that does little more than attack the listener with no sort of structure in sight. Bütcher clearly understands that and implements it greatly with their debut album, “Bestial Fükkin’ Warmachine”. I was expecting a few stumbles here and there given this is the band’s first go at a full-length record, but they completely took me by surprise and proved that they are a brand new force that definitely should not be taken lightly. While Bütcher’s debut is nothing revolutionary nor does it bring anything stylistically new to the table, a quick listen bears great fruit as you can almost instantly tell that Bütcher isn’t your typically thrash group, and following through with the whole of “Bestial Fükkin’ Warmachine” you’re met with a fantastic trip through all of thrash metal pulled off with expert precision and tantalizing results. And not only does Bütcher bring the speedy riffs to the table, they also know how to nail shorter tracks as well as longer pieces as we’re given songs that vary from barely two minutes to over five, and while that may not seem like much it proves that Bütcher is more than capable of stretching out their style while still making it work. That’s an obstacle that any bands fumble with, but there’s nothing but excellence when it’s done for “Bestial Fükkin’ Warmachine”.
With all those factors coming together in the right proportions, everything from the chaotic vocals to the harmonic rhythms come together wondrously to create a very tasteful thrash record the likes of which the underground doesn’t produce often, and it’s all the more delicious because of it. We need more bands like Bütcher, and thanks to the display of power that is “Bestial Fükkin’ Warmachine” we’re likely to see more monstrous efforts like this in the future.
LISTEN to “Bestial Fükkin’ Warmachine” on Bandcamp here.
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