Indestructible Noise Command – Terrible Things (Self-Released)

Friday, 1st March 2019
Rating: 7.5/10

Got thrash? Listening to Indestructible Noise Command gives you that exact rush and that pure essence of old school thrash. No death or black metal diversions, just straight-shooting and to the point. Which makes sense, being that the band arose into being back in 1985. But don’t think of Terrible Things as an album stuck in a time capsule either (they did veer into groovier territory for a while after all).

Terrible Things is simply chock-full of anger and aggression. As noted, the songs are direct – though straight-up thrash isn’t entirely true. You can also pick up on crossover, hardcore, and punk vibes in so much as just listening to the opening track “Fist Go Rek.” The guitar riffing and shouted vocal lines work in tandem to ensure that you are never at a loss for intensity, and it’s also great to really be able to hear the bass work in the mix in an album like this. The bass adds weight and personality where many bands of this type simply bury it in the background. Melody also makes it into the mix, with some gang-vocal choruses and some absolutely fantastic leads and over the top solos (check out “Pledge of Legions”) that break up some of the pure rage. That said, the one thing that pulls Terrible Things from being entirely essential is the length. This does go balls to the wall, but it does so for almost 45-minutes. A tight 30-35 minutes feels like it would leave the listener a bit less fatigued by the end, due to the constant onslaught of viciousness.

Terrible Things embodies old school thrash, but succeeds in having a more modern production that allows more assets to stand out. If you just need a frenetic rush of galloping, visceral guitar riffs and pissed-off vocals, I.N.C. are going to easily win your favor.

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