Audiopain

1986

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This oddly titled EP -- the second by Norwegian sonic sadists Audiopain in less than a year, and possibly named in tribute to thrash metal's greatest year -- is the musical equivalent of a hydrochloric acid bath, and yet it's actually a slight technical improvement over its predecessor from earlier that same year. Muscular thrash metal is the order of the day, with portions of "Mechanic Commando" reminiscent of High on Fire's Matt Pike for its sharp-toothed guitar riffing, and sheer speed characterizing opener "The Scourge" and "Gospels from Hell." Elsewhere, frontman Sverre's croaked vocals lend a certain Hellhammer quality to it all, and the normally lo-fi-loving trio even show they can stretch a little on the highly complex time signatures and ambient black metal nuances displayed by seven-minute closer "Glorious Beings."

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