Review of the Album "Eat Thrash" by German Thrash Metal Band Skulled
About the Band Skulled & Their Studio Album Eat Thrash
Skulled is a thrash metal band from Bremen, Germany that was formed back in 2008, Since we are now in 2023, 2008 seems like it was a super long time ago. We are reviewing their 2017 studio album called Eat Thrash. The album's title along explains what this is which is old school straight-ahead thrash metal that sounds like Kreator and other bands. Listening to this album will expose you to the obvious so it may feel like you are “eating” thrash metal.
Analyzing the First Three Songs of the Album "Eat Thrash"
The second song which is also the title track has the constant shouts of “eat thrash” but it does not get tiring at all. “Riot of the Rats” begins with a pretty acoustic part which then gradually gets heavier, giving us a does of the German band Tankard. However, the beginning of this album starts with the song with a rather morbid title and that song is called Death, Destruction. The guitar work in this first song is a mishmash of Kreator, Tankard, and Sacrifice. However, these vocals are FAR superior than what you heard from Japan's Sacrifice.
The Album Eat Thrash Is Another Example of Germany's Thrash Metal Prowess
It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Germany is the king when it comes to high quality thrash metal and that's not to say that other countries are not good in thrash metal. But Germany has had a tradition of manufacturing quality thrash metal bands that started in the 1980s.
An Electric Guitar
The Album Eat Thrash Has an Outstanding Riff Structure
Eat Thrash has some fine riffing as the shouts of “eat thrash” continue throughout and so far, we have two awesome tracks to begin this album! Guts On Wheels is a song about there being a new sheriff in town that is keeping an eye on those that break the law. More accurately, the song lyrically can be interpreted as lyrically meaning that there is a force out there that is after human flesh. Shell Shock is a good song about someone whose mind is empty and that he will never be the same because he is in a state of shock. Is it a game that is being played? He will never be the same. The song in terms of its riffing is similar also to Canada's Annihilator and I can tell because of the riffing structure and tone. “Kate Mosh” is a song that is pretty self-explanatory about the fun that some fans experience when they engage in the behavior that people do at these heavy metal concerts. Protect & Sever starts in a typical thrash metal fashion with the fast picking but the thing is that right away, you can tell that this is not going to be a cheesy thrash metal song.
"Riot of the Rats"
Final Thoughts About the Album Eat Thrash
The title track isn't cheesy either even though the vocalist uses a not so good word as the word thrash is uttered. It is just one of those things in music and these Germans from the city of Bremen should be added to the list of elite German thrash metal bands for sure. Eat Thrash ends with the fast song called Satan In My Drink which is a mishmash of Slayer and Kreator. After all, what solid thrash metal album doesn't end with a fast song? The song may as well describe having fun, partying, and drinking responsibly of course.
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