Extrema

Positive Pressure (Of Injustice)

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1995's The Positive Pressure (Of Injustice) was Extrema's second (and ultimately last) album. Once hailed as their country's most promising thrash metal contenders, the Italians were at the time fighting a losing battle against a mountain of adversities, ranging from incompetent record labels, to touring difficulties, to the simple fact that their chosen musical style was falling out of favor, and fast. Oh, and to be perfectly honest, they just weren't all that good to begin with. Indeed, although technically very sound, Extrema seemed almost entirely devoid of imagination, their remarkably underwhelming songwriting skills, generally mundane, forgettable riffs, and complete melodic incompetence offering little hopes for a truly memorable song (and no, tacking on a useless saxophone as an album coda doesn't qualify). As further proof of their commercial cluelessness, Extrema stacked three of this album's worst tracks at the very beginning, so it was only with the arrival of the solid fourth cut, "Money Talks," that things finally started looking up. With their muscular, thrusting style of riffing, subsequent bright spots like "Confusion," "On Your Feet, on Your Knees," and "Tell Me" (the last capped by some surprisingly decent singing instead of the prevalent grunting) are lifted 95 percent from the Pantera file, but at least they form a cohesive and half-appealing direction for the band to pursue -- if only they'd hung in there to pursue it. No such luck, and, in the end, Extrema were clearly those diligent and attentive students who nevertheless failed to stand out from the pack.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:02
2
4:16
3
3:45
4
4:35
5
4:29
6
4:25
7
5:52
8
3:07
9
4:02
10
5:29
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