|Edition||Limited Edition, Re-Issue|
The second full-length album "Indulgence" of the Thrash legend Nasty Savage is up for a reissue on black vinyl (180 g/poster). The band from Florida has made a strong impression with the successor of their 1987 debut, delivering 8 unique tracks (plus instrumental).
Tracklist - Indulgence
- 1.Stabbed in the Back
- 6.Hypnotic Trance
- 7.Incursion Dementia
- 8.Distorted Fanatic
- 9.? (instrumental)
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1986 was a year in which thrash metal finally made its presence known: loudly. Bands like Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica were churning out some of their best work (as it would turn out, some of the best work in the genre to date), and a wealth of newer bands were unleashing previously unheard, violent and energetic sounds. Seeing that Florida's Nasty Savage were already half arrived at this style on the s/t debut in 1985, it wasn't a huge leap for the band to shift their focus towards an overall harsher follow-up. This transition occurred through three notable alterations.
The first is through the increased thrashing of the guitars, which brought them in line with the standards of Anthrax, Exodus and Nuclear Assault while abandoning most of the classic/power metal overtones of the debut. The second transition is the vocals of Nasty Ronnie, which seem far more reigned in. He still visits the shrill heights from time to time, but most often works in his 'nasty', aggressive middle rage. And he's not often fucking around here (except near the 'climax' of "XXX"). Which leads us to the third mutation of Nasty Savage: the lyrics. The band have gone from tales of "Metal Knights" and the "Dungeon of Pleasure" to more serious fare here (song titles "Incursion Dementia" and "Distorted Fanatic"), and topics that deal in the day's big ticket thrash lyrics issues, rather than sex slave fantasies or the walking dead. Add to this the very bizarre choice of an abstract landscape for cover art, and you've got a more mature band. Like many metal bands of this period, Nasty Savage had grown up, which is most often (but not always) a positive thing.
Nasty Savage were an interesting band playing some more conventional heavy metal in the beginning of their career but then proceeding on to the thrashier territory. Indulgence is an album of crushing speed/thrash metal with a wonderfully heavy and rich production. Although there are some mid-tempo tracks still left, the general feel of this album is very thrashy and heavy. A distinctive feature of the band's sound must be Nasty Ronnie's vocals, a mix of low growling and occasional melodic singing (with an extremely high-pitched voice). The songs have a great, dark feel to them, and the plentiful use of double-bass drumming really adds to the general heaviness of this album. Indulgence is probably the best demonstration of Nasty Savage's original style and a fine speed/thrash metal album indeed.
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