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Warhead

     
         
         
         
             
             
Mason are a thrash metal band from Australia formed in 2007.    
             
Their debut album Warhead combines the sound of Slayer and Metallica into a brutal crunch with such finesse, making this a superb thrash metal album.    
             
Three minute album opener, the instrumental 'Alarum', is full of crunchy guitar riffs and thumping drumming, making the listener drool with anticipation of what's gonna come next. And what comes next is 'Imprisoned', a fast, pacy, powerful thrash metal song that will have you head banging hard right from the start.    
             
'Product Of Hate' has the most awesome guitar riffing with such dramatic time changes it takes you on a rollercoaster ride of thrash and speed metal. 'Ultimate Betrayal' slows the pace a little but the heaviness remains, reminiscent of Ride The Lightning era Metallica.    
             
Now don't let the acoustic intro of 'Lost It All' fool you that this band have gone soft - not a chance. throbbing guitar chords and a blistering guitar solo making this probably the best song on the album.    
             
What follows next is almost thrash metal heaven - 'Wretched Soul' and ' Ways Of The Weak' rattle along at hyper speed, exciting mosh pits everywhere. The album's title song 'Warhead' has pace and power leading  into 'Wasteland' that comes flying out of the speakers with a superb drum intro. Final song 'Vengeance' caps of a brilliant album in style with an amazing intro of dramatic time changes and a rhythm that will have every thrash metal fan on their feet head banging.    
             
Overall, is thrash metal dead? Not a chance - with brutal crunching guitars, pounding drums, blistering guitar solos and dramatic time changes - this is thrash metal at its superb best.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
             
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