HEADHUNTER - Parasite Of Society

US Release : CNDL12328

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Schmuddel (gutiar, backing vocals)
Schmier (bass, vocals)
Jörg Michael (drums)
Produced by: tbd
Engineered by: tbd
Mixed by : Achim Kohler
Mastered by: Achim Kohler
Parasite of Society, Headhunter's first new studio album in 13 years, picks up where the German outfit's early to mid-1990s recordings left off. Back then, Headhunter was often described as a band that was relevant to both thrash metal and power metal--and that approach is alive and well on forceful yet melodic tracks such as "Doomsday for the Prayer," "Read My Lips," "Egomaniac" and "Silverskull." Headhunter's thrashiness decreases on an enjoyable cover of Skid Row's power ballad "18 and Life," but much of the time, Parasite of Society is a perfect example of a CD that has one foot in thrash metal and the other in power metal--and considering the relationship between the two, that is perfectly natural. Thrash metal/speed metal, after all, came out of power metal; thrash/speed metal thrived when, in the 1980s, Motörhead (arguably the first thrash metal/speed metal band), Venom, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament and others combined the heaviness of metal with the velocity of punk. If hardcore was the first time punk crossed over to metal, thrash was the first time metal crossed over to punk. So bearing all that in mind, there is no reason why Headhunter shouldn't function as both a thrash band and a power metal band on this 2008 release. Parasite of Society falls short of exceptional, but it's still a solid, engaging disc that has something for fans of Megadeth, Anthrax and early Metallica as well as for Judas Priest and Iron Maiden fans.
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