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Drunken Bastards: Horns of the Wasted
Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Hells Headbangers
July 23rd, 2010
Release length: 19:39
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Old school Thrash Metal, alcohol, and Satan. What the hell more could you possibly ask for in an album? Well, absolutely nothing thanks to the Hungarian based Blackened Thrash act Drunken Bastards! Horns of the Wasted is the second full-length release from this act, though given it’s length should probably be categorised more as a compilation EP, which will be addressed momentarily, then an actual full-length album, barely breaking nineteen minutes in length. Either way, this release is chock full of intense, raw Thrash Metal with plenty of lyrics that will make you want to crack open your favorite alcoholic treat in the name of Lucifer himself. The only problem for the already established fan base? There’s practically nothing new by the band on this release!

Drunken Bastards have create one of the best Thrash releases in a good while with Horns of the Wasted, as the lyrics and music cater to everything the male (and many females I’m sure) demographic hold sacred about the style. There’s tracks about alcohol, Satan, drinking with Satan, as well as women and Metal, all played a furious Thrash Metal pace with matched rhaspy Black Metal sounding vocals with proper echo effect and gang vocals when necessary, like on “Posercrusher”, that early first wave Black Metal acts like Venom would be proud of. Every song on here is insanely tight and still draws some crossover Punk influence in the music here and there, such as the bridges during “Drink With Satan”, as well as heavily apparent in the song “Posercrusher” thanks to the two-step drumming and matching Punk-ish guitar work. Those aren’t the only tracks you can hear it on, but some of the most obvious. The song “Destroy the Factory”, which is just a flat out fun old-school Thrash anthem for destruction has some influence in it, but just enough to really make the song insanely catchy and have you growling along with the vocalist as soon as you hit that second chorus, and “Drink With Satan” has one hell of an intense guitar solo against a song that will make you want to start drinking and crushing skulls at the same time.

In all proper aspects, this isn’t really a full-length recording. As stated, Horns of the Wasted actually barely breaks the nineteen minute mark. Add on top of it the fact that the band has had another full-length release and four split releases prior to this, all of which features the tracks on this release. That’s right, each song has appeared either on their first full-length, Posercrusher, on a following EP, or even both options. “Drink With Satan” has actually been recorded for four prior releases before making it’s way on here, which comes as no shocker as this song is fantastic and, in certain aspects, one of the best metal worship songs ever composed. Aside that, “Alcoholic Big Tits” has appears three times prior to this release, and “Posercrusher” appeared on two other releases, leaving everything else as just random tracks on random releases. There were a few other recorded songs that didn’t make it on here, and the only thing new about this release material-wise would be the annoyingly loud film scene clip that is used as the introduction to the album on “Nuclear Era”, which is a track you can simply skip over since it really does nothing to even ready you for what lies after that track.

So, what does this album offer the die hard fans? Well, for them, it appears all the songs are re-recorded, and sound great. The quality of the release isn’t too raw, but at the same time isn’t too clear to completely remove the bite that the guitar distortion has. Tack on the fact that all these are great songs and now properly available in one source instead of strewn about on five other releases. If you prefer the originals, and those pros towards this release are not important to you, then this is something you can just bypass, but it’s still worth at least checking out. If you’ve never heard of this band before, then get ready to go into Metal overdrive, as every song on here, aside the film clip intro obviously, is absolutely intense old school alcohol-drinkin-fun Thrash with Satan the way it’s always meant to be played.

01. Nuclear Era – 0:57
02. Toxic Patrol – 3:20
03. Posercrusher – 2:10
04. Destroy the Factory – 1:56
05. Drink With Satan – 2:36
06. Alcoholic Big Tits – 1:52
07. Baptized in Speed and Blood – 3:37
08. Prophecy of the Evening Star – 3:12
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.