Release DetailsLABEL Indie Recordings
RELEASED ON 3/8/2013
...there is nothing Blood Tsunami can offer that another band cannot do better.
Blood Tsunami gained a bit of instantaneous underground notoriety when they popped up with debut Thrash Metal in 2007, largely due to the inclusion of a post-prison Bard “Faust” Eithun picking up the drumsticks again (that, and having a really bitchin’ moniker). They have enjoyed moderate fan acclaim in the years since, largely due to how their aggressive thrash fits in well with other Norwegian acts such as Audiopain or the more blackened Aura Noir, but continued to fall short of their peers. Unfortunately, third album For Faen! continues this trend, coming across mostly like paint-by-numbers aggressive thrash. It’s good paint-by-numbers aggressive thrash, but not quite good enough to really warrant a whole lot of attention.
The album’s issues don’t so much stem from how Blood Tsunami offers nothing new – Nekromantheon could slaughter fields of cattle with a mere 10 seconds of their totally derivative thrash – it’s that they’re actually less good at doing what they do than many of their countrymen. Primary vocalist Pete Evil is your standard hoarse thrash yeller, coming across as a dry-throated Rob Dukes when he isn’t attempting something a tad harsher. (One of the album’s better tunes, “Grave Desecrator,” benefits from his raspier tones.) The riffs, whether they are taken from Slayer, early Exodus, or Discharge, come from great sources, but only occasionally offer the kind of brashness and personality necessary to elevate the material. Likewise with the soloing; often a good time, never standout. Faust is a merely serviceable thrash drummer, sounding like more of a session hand than a guy that lives and breathes the metal within, and rarely providing even the slightest of a wow factor. Even the production is dry and lacking in depth, as if the studio treatment had to get in on the effort to make this album universally third tier.
All of this being said, the album is far from terrible, and perhaps the best aspect of For Faen! is its compact design, coming in at a just over a half hour in length. This is not meant to sound dickish, the material offered up by Blood Tsunami – limited that it is – still finds a way to be violently impactful at this length. It is in this way that For Faen! remains an enjoyable album, but one can’t shake that nagging feeling that there is nothing Blood Tsunami can offer that another band cannot do better. It’s fun, but thrash needs to be more than just fun, it needs to be exciting in some way, to have some twisted personality, and those aspects just aren’t here. A certain group will certainly find plenty of appeal within, but overall this lacks that something special needed to get Blood Tsunami out of the Norwegian thrash basement.