Fast Loud Death (Nuclear Blast Records)
When the listener puts on LOST SOCIETY’s debut album, Fast Loud Death, they hear a band that sounds like they`ve spent a few years on the scene. Maybe it’s a couple of 20-something guys who decided it was their turn to be the thrash scene’s most promising band. In reality, the band members’ ages range from 17 to 19. The band was signed by Nuclear Blast Records at the end of last year following a successful playing at a Global Battle of the Bands. It was at that moment that LOST SOCIETY’s music began to creep out of Finland and into other parts of the world.
The album as a whole is fast paced and full of non-stop action. It has just about everything a listener hopes to find in a modern thrash metal album. The cover itself is classic thrash art. Even though they may not be of age in some parts of the world, they can party just as heard as thrash revival titans MUNICIPAL WASTE. No songs even hit the five-minute mark; their longest track is just over four minutes while their shortest is barely a full minute.
“N.W.L.” is a powerful start to the album. “I’m coming at you” growls front man SAMY ELBANNA. The band is letting the listener know they’ve arrived and they’re here to stay. Hints of METALLICA can be heard on the track when it comes to their guitar sound, but they make it all their own.
“Diary of a Thrashman” is an obvious homage to OZZY OSBOURNE’s defining Diary of a Madman, a kind of status that the band may obtain in their future. There aren’t a whole lot of vocals or lyrics on the track; it’s mostly just pure thrashing. It might be the track where they most closely resemble MUNICIPAL WASTE. The main lyric is “I’m gonna get a drink now.” It’s the kind of song you’d expect to hear on The Art of Partying.
“Fatal Anoxia” starts off by Elbanna letting out a short TOM ARAYA sounding yell a la “Angel of Death”. That’s about the extent of the SLAYER resemblance though. The rest is the band members screaming the title at a furious pace that has not let up since the album started. They then culminate with the sound of heavy guitar work and crushing percussion noises fading out. It leaves the listener prepared for what may come with their next album. This is the kind of album that can be played on repeat until that time. After this promising start, LOST SOCIETY is sure to develop a more distinct sound and leave the forefathers of thrash behind.
By: Melissa Campbell