Review – Slaughter Messiah: Black Speed Terror

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Slaughter Messiah: Black Speed Terror
Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Demonhood Productions
October 21st, 2013
Release length: 11:34
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Formed in 2008, Slaughter Messiah is a four piece Black, Death and Thrash Metal group out of Belgium with a little star power behind it. Formed by drummer Elliot Spencer and former Einherjer member Rock “Iron Bitch Desecrator” on guitars, the duo picked up Horacle and former Dawn of Crucifixion‘s Lord Sabathan as vocalist and bassist in 2011, as well as Spermafrost‘s Thomas “Exhumator” on guitar back in 2012. After two demo recordings, they find themselves on Demonhood Productions to issue a three song vinyl EP titled Black Speed Terror. Given their lineage, does this outfit have what it takes to live up to the expectations of the Blackened Thrash Metal audience, or is this a piece of the underground that’s too limp to unearth itself?

While not as raw as one might hope, Black Speed Terror definitely is dark and vile. Right away the title track lashes at your face with some nasal harshness in the vocals that are joined with some growls in the chorus, as well as random falsettos to give the rich buzzing distortion and deep, punishing bass a far more hostile presence. The varied loud thuds of the two-step bass kicks mixed with furious pounding in some spots, such as the chorus, really tear through the mix to help keep the variety of the nearly four-and-a-half minute offering intriguing. Sadly that variety takes its toll around the two minute mark, making it feel like the song is being beaten past the point of death. Once the guitar solo kicks in, the band manages to breathe life back into it once more before letting the abrasive, disgustingly Punk influenced “Demon” tear through with simple, violent riffs amid catchy bridges that can slow things down momentarily.

On the vinyl’s flip side is “Cosmic Funeral (The Great Old Ones),” which starts with an out of place curious symphonic score clearly lifted from a film. It doesn’t last long, shifting into more fast paced disgusting Black and Thrash Metal material. Aside a sudden shift to chaos in the drumming around two minutes and twenty seconds in, the song itself manages to remain more consistent than “Black Speed Terror,” and it definitely helps maintain the longevity of the performance. Even during the ritualistic chanting praising the great Cthulhu after the guitar solo, the lack of dramatic changes to the foundation make this song stand out as the best of the three.

Slaughter Messiah is one hell of a surprise for fans of the bleak and dirty Black Metal and Thrash Metal style. The Death Metal influence is present, but worked in so well that you really need to pay attention to even notice when the shifts in and out occur. Aside “Black Speed Terror” losing some steam about half way in, this EP is a very promising one from a collection of musicians you would never would have expected, but makes perfect sense with one spin. For a debut release, Black Speed Terror will rip your face off and force feed it to you while shoving shards of broken bottles deep into your pupils, making Slaughter Messiah not only a band you need to take notice of, but one you’ll blindly follow.

01. Black Speed Terror – 4:28
02. Demon – 1:56
03. Cosmic Funeral (The Great Old Ones) – 5:10
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

Slaughter Messiah
Slaughter Messiah

Digital review copy of this release provided by Demonhood Productions.