TRAITOR (Germany) - Exiled To The Surface (Featuring Angelripper) - Reviewed by Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2022/07/12/traitor-exiled-to-the-surface/
German thrash metal does not need any introduction, although it hasn’t scaled the commercial heights of the American thrash scene, it has often gone more aggressive and brutal than its transatlantic cousins. One such band keeping that old school thrash metal sound alive are Traitor who are back for the first time in four years with their latest album ‘Exiled to the Surface’.
When it comes to their music, Traitor are hardly going to suddenly change their sounds or parameters. Not on your life bud. What this band achieve here with ‘Exiled…’ is an album of violent thrash metal which sticks very much within the remit of everything that the band have already accomplished. This means that ‘Exiled…’ is a very safe album, its familiar, it’s like getting a big warm hug from 1988 and there is nothing wrong with that at all. From its off, tracks such as ‘Metroid’, ‘Zordrak’ and ‘Space Seed’ stick to their guns with Traitor having all the power of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction under their bullet belt; in fact, Tom Angelripper himself from Sodom makes an appearance on ‘Total Thrash’.
Yes, some of these tracks were already released on 2019’s ‘Decade of Revival’ compilation album and nobody needs ‘Careless Whisper’, let alone a thrash metal version of it and it wouldn’t be missed had it not been there, but ‘Exiled…’ accomplishes what it sets out to do and that is to deliver solid thrash metal the way it was meant to be played. - Metal Digest
Release Date: 8th July 2022
FFO: SODOM, KREATOR, WARBRINGER
The fourth studio album of the Swabian threshing squad TRAITOR is probably the most versatile of her career so far. From the Teutonic old-school sound of "Total Thrash", the title song of the documentary that will be released in cinemas this summer, to German thrash metal, guest vocals by Tom Angelripper (SODOM) and Holger Ziegler (ABANDONED), to the cover of the WHAM classic "Careless Whisper", everything is represented that makes the hearts of friends beat faster in hyper speed metal.
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Inspired by "Squeeze", one of the creepiest "The X-Files" episodes ever, in which serial killer Tooms is up to his mischief, the song "66 Exeter Street" creates a similarly sinister atmosphere as once SLAYER's "Dead Skin Mask". The beastly snarling vocals of drummer Andreas Mozer paired with razor-sharp riffs and an ominously booming bass, drives the listener pleasant, cold shivers down the spine and pure fear sweat on the forehead. Perfectly set to music, sheer horror.
"The Thrash Commando from Balingen strikes back. The title track of their album "Exiled To The Surface" should be proof enough for the fact that TRAITOR have finally arrived in the first rank of the teutonic Thrash Metal. The riff storms unleashed by the two guitarists are precise as if cut with a scalpel, despite the speed of light, and the drummer's vocals, reminiscent of a young Mille Petrozza, cut through the eardrums like a phaser through Klingon steel. "Get ready for the thunder of the Teutonic Storm!"
For the documentary "Total Thrash", which will be released in German cinemas at the end of May and tells the story of German thrash metal, TRAITOR was not only allowed to contribute the title song of the same name, but also none other than Ruhrpott veteran Tom Angelripper of SODOM did the honors of singing the guest vocals in the studio. If that's not an accolade! Here the old school meets the new generation and the vibe of the 80s is transported into the 2020s. In the truest sense of the word "great cinema". This is also the official cinema movie Track for the Documentary "Total Thrash - The Teutonic Story". The Movie is right now in the German Cinemas and will be soon available on DVD/Blue-ray and for streaming (Stream will be online in September). If you need more infos about the movie, here is the website: https://totalthrash.de/en/
Can metal be danceable? Is it allowed to shake a leg in the Circle Pit? You may. And you can! With their cover of the "WHAM!" classic "Careless Whisper", TRAITOR have managed to square the circle with a wink, put on the 80s cuddly hit and make it sound so brutal, dirty and groovy at the same time that even George Michael starts headbanging in his crypt. The first metal track that you can be WHAM'ed by!
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01 - Guilty As Charged
02 - Exiled To The Surface
03 - Total Thrash (Feat. Tom Angelripper)
04 - 66 Exeter Street
05 - Zordark
06 - Careless Whisper
07 - Teutonic Storm (2021)
08 - Metroid
09 - Into The Nightosphere
10 - Space Seed
11 - Decade Of Revival (Traitor Part IV)
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