Sunday, 8 January 2017

MESSIAHLATOR - Abase


Messiahlator, from Alberta, is a band that likes to keep its profile in the shadows as much as possible, which is reflected in the fact that, although they have been active since 2010, when they released their one and only full length 'Blizzard of Saws,' the remaining releases have been a mixture of splits, demo's in cassette only format, and a (very)short EP.

Listening to 'Abase' one of the cassette only demo's, it's easy to understand why Messiahlator, lurks among the great unwashed throng of the thrash genre, although I use the term 'thrash' loosely. The sound is raw, but perfectly defined, a ripping barrage of punkish, slightly blackened riffs, chunks of crust crumbling away, leaving the skeletal remains of Stormtroopers of Death, in their tumultuous wake.