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Black Rivers Flow
     

Black Rivers Flow

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by Lazarus A.D.
 
That was quick. Lazarus A.D.'s 2007 debut, The Onslaught (reissued in 2009 by Metal Blade), was a retro-thrash album, not dissimilar to efforts by Fueled by Fire, Bonded by Blood, Merciless Death, Hatchet, et al. One album later, they've

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That was quick. Lazarus A.D.'s 2007 debut, The Onslaught (reissued in 2009 by Metal Blade), was a retro-thrash album, not dissimilar to efforts by Fueled by Fire, Bonded by Blood, Merciless Death, Hatchet, et al. One album later, they've undergone a fairly radical transformation, and are now practitioners of American groove metal (think Machine Head, Lamb of God, Trivium, or even late-period Bush-era Anthrax). Fortunately, they're good at it. The slowed-down riffs and thick, bass-heavy sound allow for bluesier guitar solos than their previous style, and the songs are a little catchier, too. There are a few soft, melodic guitar intros scattered here and there, and the title track is their attempt at a classic Metallica anthem à la "Fade to Black" (with "message" lyrics about environmental damage thrown in). While this style isn't any more original than the one they were employing on The Onslaught, Lazarus A.D. are an energetic young band with some decent riffs in their book, and this album will make young fans bang their heads while reminding older listeners of their own glory days.

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Release Date:
02/01/2011
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841493924
catalogNumber:
14939
Rank:
77567

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Black Rivers Flow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FelixtheMetalcat More than 1 year ago
NOT a 2nd album slump but this is also not a pure thrash album either like the debut was. After reading all the negative public commentary, I am shocked that nobody really mentions how awesome the lead guitar playing is on this album. The solos are killer, melodic & well placed. Yes, they're taking a different approach here, but this album is still heavy, just not as overtly aggressive as the first. There is less speed, but it's thrown in at certain parts of songs thereby letting the song "breathe" a little. Melody is present all over this album. I for one am happy that they've smoothed over the vox a bit as they do have a tendency to borderline on the "core" end of things occasionally yet there's still some room for improvement. So if you like killer guitar playing & some groove in your thrash metal, this album is for you.