Bred from an open passion for old school thrash metal, To The Early Grave the debut album from Finnish metallers Aratic takes no time in barging the listener onto a bruising and riotous ride of ravenous riffs, squalling vocals, and hook loaded grooves which wrap around the senses and passions like a sonic python. The release is honest and proud in its declaration of its inspiration with the thoughts of Venom, Slayer, and Exodus unavoidable as the quartet from Pori chews up the ear with accomplished and ridiculously addictive sounds. Admittedly there is nothing new being unleashed or even skirted but for unbridled destructive pleasure and incendiary passion igniting enterprise you will not be left hungry by this uncompromising confrontation.
Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Henri Virolainen, bassist Antti Hurmerinta, guitarist Teemu Täckman, and Mika Uusivirta on drums, Aratic leap on the ear from the first note of opener Residents Of Evil and does not resist and show mercy right through to its final punch on the senses with the closing title track. As the first song stomps with belligerent riffs and quarrelsome vocals you know exactly what the band offers and will provide across the album, the track a fury of caustic energy and spiteful intensity framed by malevolent rhythms crafted and unleashed by Uusivirta. Though the song feeds expectations it equally takes small but pleasing adventurous side tracks within its charge, a hardcore edge adding extra fire to the verbal assault and guitars teasing with devious grooves away from the core temptation.
The strong start continues with Satan’s Witnesses and the excellent I Am The Night, the first another in the face altercation cast by exhausting riffs and vocal searing whilst its successor raises the game of the album with hungry rhythms amongst niggling sonic persuasion clad in toxic grooves which lead the passions into a greedier appetite. There is a punk grazing to the vocals which leads to whispers of Municipal Waste and Suicidal Tendencies, though the song is firmly entrenched in the seeds of bands like those we mentioned previously, and with a sudden brief guttural expulsion there is equally an extra vapour of death metal to the imagination.
The best song, and easily the top scrap on the album, comes next in the epidemically infectious Ninth Gate. Rife with insidiously addictive grooves and blistering sonic tempests of energy the track stands astride the senses and chews their skin with carnivorous intensity and corrosive drenched rhythmic teeth, It is a violently persuasive thrill which captures imagination and heart, a tempestuous agitator crafted with skill and vitriolic enterprise.
Through the likes of Destructing The Light, Shrooms, and Lobotomy Christianus, the band keep the grievous please coming with strength and raging aggression, and though the tracks pale a little behind the might of the likes of Ninth Gate, there is a heightened need to devour their individual conflicts earned. The first of the three ignites another belt of voraciousness through its impressive sonic solo and rapacious appetite, and the following two with predatory and intensive riff guided gnawing and blackened rapacity respectively. There is very little to temper the enthusiasm for the weaponry raised by the album and even though originality takes a step back on the album such the rich satisfaction and thrill ignited by songs and release the issue does not ride any thought at any point during its potent company.
With the title track offering a final brutal treat, To The Early Grave is a thoroughly enjoyable and breath-taking slab of primal compulsion. Aratic has provided an introduction which will undoubtedly and deservedly find a home with all thrash fans especially those also inspired by the origins of the genre.
Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright
Listen to the best independent music and artists on The RingMaster Review Radio Show and The Bone Orchard from