Review of the Album Condemned to Extinction by Chinese Thrash Metal Band Tumourboy
The name of this band Tumourboy may be the most eye opening part of this review. These guys are from Beijing, China and this band is one of the newer ones on the scene, having been formed only in 2014. The vocals have a high screeching quality to them combined with some vocal chants. Most people do not expect China to be a breeding ground for thrash, much less heavy metal but this giant Asian nation has the capability and potential to create a decent scene for themselves if the effort is there. The album being reviewed and analyzed is the 2018 studio album from this band called Condemned to Extinction.
The Musical Style of Beijing, China's Tumourboy
The vocals are similar to Japan's Fastkill and then there is that late 1980s influence in the guitar playing. Imagine a mishmash of Sacrifice and Exodus and this is what you get from these guys. In addition there is an Annihilator influence in this album as well which will be discussed later on in the review.
A Special Comment about the music of Tumourboy
In a strange sort of way, listening to these guys makes me feel good especially since much of the news we get about China is negative. Here is at least one reason to be optimistic about China. With their large population, it means there are so many people available to create things and use the arts for the maximum benefit of their people and the world. This album may be the start of a musical creation of a more vibrant metal scene in China.
This Album Is Decent Thrash Metal That Will Appeal to the Most Avid Fans of the Genre
This album starts with narration that describes a doomsday kind of scenario as there is also music playing at this point in time. But coming next is a song title that some listeners may not be able to handle. The bass is clearly audible. However, this song isn't exactly groundbreaking or something super extraordinary but it will greatly appeal to the avid thrash metal fans.
A Brief Analysis of the Album Condemned to Extinction
Fatal Extermination which is the third song in this album is lyrically about what happens in a war zone. The thrash metal we discover in this album does have some melody in it though especially in the song called “Executed.” Yes, these vocals are raspy and sometimes hard to understand but for a modern thrash metal band from China playing this type of music, credit must be given to them because the musical ideas seen in this album are creative enough even if they are not impressive enough. In other words, what is heard on this album is decent thrash metal but it is not elite enough to match the music of a band like Kreator for example. This album has just thrash metal that in the eyes of an avid fan is great. There is also a loud chanting aspect to this album and this happens in the song called Infected Thoughts. “Acid Rain” lyrically is just what the song says which is having the risk of experiencing health problems especially lung problems because the acid rain has really polluted the environment. But the larger context of this is that the album's title also is eye opening because if humans do not act to save the planet, then there is a big chance that human life on Earth could be put in danger. There is the fact that the Earth's climate is changing thus leading to hotter global temperatures. This puts human lives at risk and it also melts the ice caps. After all these heavy songs in a row, these Chinese guys present to us a beautiful instrumental song called After Earthquake. There is a song on this album called Kiss My *** that stylistically starts in such a way that has that early Metallica influence. Remember that famous song Hit the Lights? The song then speeds up and there is this early Annihilator influence as the guitar work resembles late 1980s style Alice in Hell. The strongest songs as of two full listens through this album are Fatal Extermination, Executed, Acid Rain, and the mentioned song #9.
"Condemned to Extinction" Full Album
Dicography of the Band Tumourboy
Condemned to Extinction
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