Metal Blade

TLDR: Intense thrash metal that reminding of Exodus and older Slayer.

Review: Aussie-band Harlott has released two albums prior to this and what I’ve heard them a bit, they are quite okay thrash metal. Something important has been missing, though, and hence they haven’t gotten as much listening-time as they probably should have. However, third time the charm, since Extinction takes the band up a notch or two. It’s clearly one of the killer thrash metal albums this year.

Extinction is about 51 minutes long and to be honest, it’s a little bit too much. Not because the length, but because there are some “lesser moments” on the album. Compare this to Seasons in the Abyss or the mighty Reign in Blood, and you’ll understand. Despite this, Extinction reminds of more intense and/or older Slayer as well as Exodus. The songs are straight-forward, violent, energetic and all that.

The main reason are the riffs. They are good, some even great. Compositions don’t have much slack and the sound is almost reference level in the genre. Also, the vocalist/guitarist Andrew Hudson manages to sound quite a bit like Tom Araya of Slayer, and that’s purely a good thing if you ask me.

Even if there are some minor flaws here and there, the album is really, really good. With some final polish I would have given this one five out of five. Whatever the score, every thrash fanatic or even casual thrash listeners should check out this bad motherfucker!

Track list:
1. Extinction
2. First World Solutions
3. The Penitent
4. Whore
5. No Past
6. Conflict Revelation
7. Better Off Dead
8. Violent Conspirator
9. And Darkness Brings The Light
10. Final Weapon
11. Parasite
12. Epitaph