Born to Expire/Desperate Measures

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A decent thrash metal band from Queens, Leeway showed some promise on the exhilarating Born to Expire; forceful tunes like "Self Defense," "Tools for War" and "Defy You" bring to mind Anthrax and Testament. A departure from the other songs on the album, "Catholic High School (Girls In Trouble)" combines funk and rap with Leeway's metal foundation. Quite similar to its predecessor but slightly stronger, Desperate Measures -- the second half of this two-fer release -- is a thrash metal CD for metalheads who aren't necessarily big thrash enthusiasts. On "All About Dope" (which describes the agonizing effects of drugs), "Make Me an Offer," "Stand For," and other songs, Leeway showed itself to be one of the more accessible bands in the thrash genre. Anthrax and Testament were still valid comparisons, although a bit more Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne influence was asserting itself. But make no mistake, Desperate Measures is blistering.

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