Review of the Album Concrete Jungle by the Thrash Metal Band Fusion Bomb
Thrash Metal Has Reached the Country of Luxembourg
Fusion Bomb is a band that is from the very small country in Europe called Luxembourg. This is one of those countries that if you do not know how to locate it you should not blame yourself because it is very hard to locate it on a map. Yes, thrash metal has used its “legs” and gone even to the super small country of Luxembourg. Fusion Bomb has been active since 2010 but these guys so far have only their debut album called Concrete Jungle.
These Guys Play Thrash Metal That Clicks Musically
This album begins with a sort of scream and these guys are going to get right down to playing great modern thrash metal. Zest of Scorn is a song about someone that is so angry that they have one goal in mind and that goal is to get vengeance against those that he feels have wronged him. He is looking for retribution. There is a riff that sounds like the 2004 song Tempo of the Damned.
In contrast to the bands Thrashback and Harlott, Fusion Bomb offer thrash metal that does not have the Slayer influence throughout the while album and the style of play in this album is such that it seems to “click” in place.
"Knuckleburger" Is More Than Just a Good Song
“Knuckleburger” is actually one of those songs that has much real life significance. It is about a person that has to wake up every morning and go to a job where he has to flip burgers at a fast food restaurant. The song also brings across the message that just because you have a college degree that does not always mean that you will be headed on a ladder of financial success. The person described in the song is tired of having to deal with hot grease and burns on his body. Eventually he is fired by his boss for misconduct against a customer but he does not care about it one bit.
Other good songs on the album Concrete Jungle
“You're a Cancer to This World” is lyrically an anti-fascist song. Some people even though they seem to be protesting against hate speech, sometimes they are at the other end of the extreme. This is an interesting song to be listening to as the United States still remains divided more so than ever and these divisions are between conservatives and liberals with each side opposing each other. “Blazing Heat” is, well a song that most of us can relate to on a hot summer day. When it is too hot to sleep, the bed sheets will more than likely be saturated with sweat. “Bird of Prey” is a song that describes a person that is eager to hunt and kill.
"Bird of Prey"
Concrete Jungle: the Other Songs
Fusion Bomb is a thrash metal band that at least isn't like some other bands that are trying to sound too much like hardcore or to be some Southern California influenced Slayer clone. “Nyctophobia” is a song that is about someone that is full of anger and that they are mentally deranged even though they want to convince others that they are sane. The lyrical themes in this album address flaws of human nature such as anger, hate, violence, and the need to prove to others that they are right and everyone else is wrong. “Slam Tornado” is a thrash metal song that shows a side of thrash metal that we do not always see and that is thrash that has harmony vocals in it. The song tells the story of getting involved in a mosh pit with friends and having the time of your life. If we want to enjoy our lives we must do so responsibly. Overall, Concrete Jungle by these Luxembourgers is an album that has all the elements needed for a successful thrash metal album while almost being elite in terms of the score.
Rating as of the first full listen through the album Concrete Jungle: 85 points out of 100 (B)
"Zest of Scorn"
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