posted on 11/2009 By:
Formed in the midst of Wacken/2000, Denmark's Victimizer have spent the better part of the last nine years rifling through piles of various members (especially guitarists) and releasing some seriously raw 'n' filthy European-styled thrash metal. The band has also lived a very "underground" life with much of their work only seeing limited vinyl or even cassette release, but the troupe finally seem rather comfortable with their marriage to the equally filthy, more widely available Hell's Headbangers -- the label responsible for 2007's The Final Assault along with this, their third EP.
Resurrected Abominations follows a very similar "kickin' over trash cans in a rat-infested alley"-styled thrash formula the band has been honing for years, but things are clearer and much more crankable this time around thanks to a slightly cleaner production. Crude and surprisingly chunky riffs chop alongside a steady mid-pace for "Worthy of Hell", "Reap the Nuclear Whirlwind" and the title track, but each of these tunes also break chains for bursts of more violent speed and a wealth of rippin' leads to help keep the assault interesting. Such a blueprint is also very serviceable for the band's cover choice this time around, as Hobbs' Angel of Death's "Lucifer's Domain" cracks a very fitting whip in the EP's 4th spot before things close out with the offering's most bloodthirsty selection, the interestingly titled "E-37101" (Richard Ramirez's San Quentin address).
Victimizer agreeable don the "blackened thrash" tag not only because they rely heavily on multi-layered rasped vocals belched from a furnace, but also because a lionshare of their lyrical content sinisterly focuses on The Man Downstairs. One quick look at Resurrected Abomination's song titles confirms this continued trend, and when the band's not carrying on about Hell and all the fun it's sure to be, the spotlight is redirected towards other fitting thrash themes such as expiration through nuclear means and death by serial killer.
You're not likely to hear anything you haven't heard before on Resurrected Abominations (in fact, "Reap the Nuclear Whirlwind" has appeared on two other Victimizer releases), but if you like your thrash dirty, evil, meaty and in a limited dose, this EP should certainly make your "to investigate further" list. In today's world of modern thrash bands, if Municipal Waste represents the party abundant with shotgunned beers and spilled bong water, Victimizer is the plowed miscreant hurling sewage into the porcelain throne of a tornado'ing bathroom. And despite how that sounds, it's a good thing.
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