German Thrash Metal!

Sloth Blackend -Sloth (MDD) 1998

1. "Harmonies in Black" (5:43)
2. "No More Confidence" (3:07)
3. "Regression" (5:47)
4. "Not to Deny" (5:24)
5. "Separate" (4:52)
6. "Retaliation Breed" (5:31)
7. "Parts of Peril" (5:23)
8. "Virtual" (6:10)
9. "Streams of Perfection" (6:02)

Sloth is a bit more raw than "Mental Game Messiah," but the music is just as tight. German thrash with American influences. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Goldschmidt has an interesting and unique melodic voice. Good album, but since I heard "Mental Game Messiah" first, I like it a bit more.

Mental. Game. Messiah. Blackend -Mental. Game. Messiah. (Massacre) 2000

1. "The Eye of the Observe" (6:08)
2. "Detect the Crack" (3:02)
3. "Mental Game Messiah" (6:22)
4. "Burn the Fuse" (4:24)
5. "Beyond Forever" (4:51)
6. "Liquid Surroundings" -instrumental (1:05)
7. "Freezing the Skin" (5:01)
8. "Save Our Souls" (4:06)
9. "Scars Canít Tell" (5:24)
10. "As the Sun Remains" (4:22)

German thrash that is heavily influenced by American Bay Area bands like Testament, Exodus, and especially Justice for All-era Metallica. The music is tight and heavy, the vocals are unique and catchy, and every song has a decent hook. If this band had been around in 1990-91, they would have ruled the scene, but since we live in a musically depressing time, Blackend shall be relegated to underground status. Fits in well in my thrash collection. Thrash is on the rise again!

Blackend also appears on the Jump in the Pit A Testament Tribute cd.

The Last Thing Undone Blackend-The Last Thing Undone (Massacre) 2001

1."The Last Thing Undone" (4:17)
2."I Am The Chosen One" (4:13)
3."The More I Lie" (4:00)
4."Long Now" -instrumental (5:28)
5."Excluded the Included" (3:24)
6."Darkest Day" (6:14)
7."The Dice is Cast" (3:33)
8."Battle Between Minds" (3:25)

Disc number three from Germany's Blackend has the band continuing in the same (Justice for All-era) Metallica meets Testament mode of the past two, but once again with improved production. One thing that may hold this band back from ever gaining a large US following is the thick German accent of the vocals. To me, however, this gives the music a certain charisma and charm. Overall, another stellar release from a band still flying a banner for thrash metal. More power to 'em. Unfortunately, this disc is not available in the U.S. except as an import from a few mail order places.

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