Virgin Snatch

Act Of Grace

Written by: PP on 23/11/2010 03:29:07

In a continuation in my series of bands with awful names, the next band to get told off for having a retarded name is Virgin Snatch, a Polish thrash metal band that houses people behind some relatively known metal bands like Death Sea, Behemoth and Vader, with even Vogg from Decapitated guesting on a track. Seriously, who the hell decided it was a good idea to call your band something that atrocious? Naming aside, however, you'll be happy to know that "Act Of Grace" is their fourth album so far, and it's no secret which two bands have been the main inspiration here: Testament and Exodus.

The music relies on tight thrash metal riffs but with modern vibes and a good production attached to the sound in order to make it appeal to the non-purists of the genre as well. That's why you'll hear a lot of melody in their otherwise uncompromising thrash metal onslaught, manifesting through the usage of semi-cleanly shouted choruses that approach the term catchy more than the band probably itself wants to admit. The modern feel of the production should invite fans of bands like Sonic Syndicate, Scar Symmetry and perhaps even Solution .45 to check out the band, because after all it's seldom you get to hear this much melody and clean production when it comes to thrash metal.

Still, the overall impression of the record leaves me a little cold. Whereas the ultra tight riffing of Exodus and Testament is heavily embedded in their sound, it's hard not to deny that those bands do this very style simply better. Whether it's the quality of the riff or the vocals I'm referring to can be hard to tell sometimes, because "Act Of Grace" definitely has its good moments in both as well. They just need to somehow find a way to unify them into something more consistent for the whole duration of the album instead of just a couple of glimpses of bright potential. See "Horn Of Plenty", for instance. For now, decent thrash metal but nothing overtly innovative or exciting.

Download: Horn Of Plenty
For the fans of: Exodus, Testament
Listen: Myspace

Release date 22.03.2010
Mystic Production

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