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Album Review: "Absolute Power" by American Thrash Metal Band Wraith

Updated on November 14, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


A Little Bit About the Band Wraith

Wraith is a band that is described as a black and thrash metal band with a punk influence. I wouldn’t call it a punk metal band but more like a thrash metal band with raspy black metal style vocals and it is heavy for sure! The band is from Indiana and Chicago. I had assumed that my album review about Lacuna Coil’s latest album Black Anima would be the last one for a while but that was not meant to be. The album that we are reviewing is the one called Absolute Power.

Wraith Has Been Influenced by Bands Such as Metallica

Here we go with a band from the United States that has vocals that sound like the band Witchery. I hear a more modern influence of the song Seek and Destroy. That’s not to say that there is an exact duplicate of that song in this album but by the riffing in the song called “At the Stake” I can tell that Wraith was influenced by the great Metallica.

The Band Wraith Is a Boost for Modern American Thrash Metal

“The Hunt” is a song that may as well describe a situation in which there is a manhunt for a criminal that is on the loose. Hearing bands such as Wraith makes me a little less critical of the American metal music scene. After bands such as Havok and Warbringer came onto the scene, they made the American metal scene a little better. This is not the 1980’s or the 1990’s anymore but modern thrash does not have to be bad in the United States.

This Album Absolute Power Is Perfect for Those that Do Not Have Patience

For those of you that lack the patience to sit through a long album, this album Absolute Power is just the right length for you. It will end pretty quickly just like the album Reign in Blood did back in the day for those of us that were old enough to sit and listen to that speedy masterpiece.

"Devil's Hour"

“Absolute Power” is a song that describes what an autocrat would do. Autocrats rule with an iron fist, stamping out weak opposition and anyone that dares to oppose their rule. Absolute power is what a tyrant seeks to obtain at the expense of those that are poorer and or weaker. But we must go back to the first song called “Devil’s Hour.” Stylistically, this song is a modern version of thrash metal with black metal style vocals. The song lyrically is about a time, devil’s hour coming upon the land as the evil forces dominate. “Acid Mass” is a song that lyrically is about being born into a life that is full of pain. The main riff I would say reminds me of a combination of Metallica and Helstar.

Final Thoughts About the Album Absolute Power

For an album that is just over 27 minutes long, Absolute Power is a pretty delightful listen for the avid thrash metal fan! “Meaningless Planet” is stylistically like Sacred Reich in my analysis. There is also this feel of a little bit of what we hear on Danzig 3 before the song speeds up, followed by the lead guitar. “The Curse” (not to be confused with the same song name by the band Nocturnal Rites) is a song about what happens in life when we feel like we are living in a state of darkness and our head hurts as we are in constant pain. The song War of Aggression has a solo that reminds me of something that the band Sepultura would have done back in the days when the album Arise came out. But this album isn’t as good as Arise though. Even so, the album Absolute Power is a solid album that is a combination of thrash metal with black metal style raspy vocals similar to the band Impaled Nazarene.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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