A Perfect Murder, "Strength Through Vengeance"
Canada’s A Perfect Murder profess that with Metallica too old and Pantera no longer, one ought to pick up Strength Through Vengeance. I can’t agree with the band more emphatically, because the music on the band’s second Victory Records release is fucking smoking, cool and fun. Though I don’t know anything about APM’s music prior to this disc, it’s clear that these guys are happiest playing tight, aggressive thrash with plenty of focus on brutal rhythms, gargantuan hardcore breakdowns, tasteful solos and a vocal delivery that ranges from pissed-off hardcore to Phil Anselmo. Musically, the tracks vary from completely bloodthirsty thrash reminiscent of more recent Testament and Pantera to flirting with doomy southern rock as on “Snake Eyes” and the long instrumental “Time Changes Nothing.” Everything the band tries on Strength Through Vengeance is successful, leaving tracks like “Slay the Masses” and “Rotten I” as gifts for you to obsessively play (and headbang to) for months and months after buying this disc. Fans of thrash, serious hardcore/metalcore and even melodic death metal will definitely find a reason or ten to own this release.