Legacy has been written into the books of history, forever. In a scene as struggling as Morocco, a culture that’s more hostile than what metalheads in western society usually face, Thrillogy comes back with a second full length album, “Taking No Prisoners”, it’s a banger, and it’s by the most professional of metal standards.
To put a label on the album would be too reductive: name it and you’ll find it in the album. Thrash metal? All over the place, as the influences of the likes of Exodus, Havok and the lot, reek through the album. Death metal: choose your sauce, old school or modern? Well take both, because you’ll find Cannibal Corpse-esque riffs as much as the Aborted-ish open chords with double bass drumming, without leaving the Decapitated influence out of the picture. I hear you asking for Progressive elements? Well, you could swear Ron Jarzombek is behind one or two riffs, and you’d wonder if “Haven of Agony” is the unknown progeny of Meshuggah and Gojira. “It sounds like Cannibal Corpse, Pantera and Gojira had an orgy” is the perfect description to this release that’s reeking with genuineness, credits to a wise man who listened to the album.
A perfect balance between all influences, and a blend of all the good elements of different metal genres, gives birth to an album where the song structures are unpredictable: imagine a Judas Priest song that slaps you in its middle with blast beats, and then hits you with a Lamb of God breakdown. Quit imagining and listen to “Breakpoint”, and it’s none of the bands above, it’s Thrillogy.
In a broader perspective, it’s the right dosing between brutality, melody, technicality, and groove. The soloing is guitar-hero level, the leads sweeten the heaviness of the riffs, and the complementarity between both guitars, and the bass are at their peak.
Lyrically, all the music is translated very loyally, as each song’s lyrical content matches perfectly with the emotions that the music bears within itself. And there again, everyone’s taste is served, whether you’re seeking a philosophical way of looking at life and how everything is “Forever Entwined”, or the satire of looking at a society that’s become “The Market of Flesh 2.0”, ruled by “Cyberpunks”. But the main aim of this album is to make a statement: “No Compromise” is the way to deal with a music industry that’s infested with insects, and their “Rat King”, leading to “The Demise of Men”.
Shoutout to the tremendous production, mixing and mastering work, all done by the band itself.
Most importantly, you can feel, to the core, that the album is genuine. Not just in the sense that the music is authentic, but you can sense the band standing up to life through that release, which is not just a musical one, but the release from all the frustration that society, the system, and every institution that tries to crush you into conformity unleash on you. Metal in its essence.
A product of passion, dedication, and Uncompromised identity. A product that you don’t only enjoy, but that you relate to, that is the voice of the soul, reaching out to your soul … and it’s all selfmade.
Sit back, enjoy, this is Moroccan metal legacy.
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