Methane - Kill It With Fire - Reviewed By moshville! Thursday January 26 2023, 1:03 PM
Methane - Kill It With Fire - Reviewed By moshville!

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We’ve not touched base with Swedes Methane for a while. In fact, the last time they featured here was in over five years ago when they gave the boss a preview of their debut album The Devil’s Own. Described as Southern metal in the style of Pantera, it’s fair to say that it was well received. As we race into 2023, Methane is back, and they’ve upped their game. They still have that Southern groove, but their latest seven-song release Kill It With Fire veers across the line and crashes out the other side with a fully-fledged thrash metal release. And when it’s time to thrash, sometimes it’s instant gratification rather than originality that’s what is most needed.

Formed in 2012 by bassist and singer Tim Scott (Revenant) and guitarist Jimi Masterbo (Hell Patrol), the current line-up is completed by Cryonic Temple guitarist Markus Grundstom and drummer Jonathan Fundin.

It’s heads down thrashing on the title track that opens the album, the thick riffing and gnarly vocals of Scott hitting the right spots and you can see why the band have grabbed touring slots with the likes of Warbringer, Nervosa and Whiplash. It’s fast, aggressive, powerful. Methane isn’t the first band to use the sound clip of the crazy lady from the Walmart store in 2020 but Religious Rita (if you haven’t seen the clips on YouTube, you’ll have no idea what I’m on about) brings her potty mouthed rantings to the start of “Accuser (of the brethren)”. It’s reference to the passage in Revelations but here Methane use it as the basis for their lyrics. It’s hopefully tongue in cheek, for no-one can surely believe the message Rita preaches amid her stream of profanities.

Elsewhere there’s a Kreator riff on the chorus of “Declare Chaos”, a Bay Area stomp on “Shock and Awe” which although a fast-paced beast is possibly the weakest track here. It’s punchy but brings little and the “bombs away” gang chants don’t do anything for me. The standout track is probably “Blood Red Sky”, which features C.J. Scioscia and Blood Feast, the US extreme legends who first came to prominence in the 1980s.  It’s a mosh-pit stomper, with enough groove to get you dancing around the living room and generally tearing shit up.

Methane don’t bring anything new to the table but what they do they do very well. The savagery of Down in the Gutter will appeal to fans of both Pantera and Slayer, with jagged, visceral riffage the order of the day. If you want to spend 30 minutes enjoying some full-on metal, Kill It With Fire comes highly recommended. - moshville

Release Date: January 27, 2023

FFO: Onslaught, Pantera, Slayer, Kreator

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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The album reverberates unapologetic thrash metal guitar riffing courtesy of guitarists Jimi Masterbo and Markus Grundstrom paired with the intense drumming of newly inducted drummer Jonathan Fundin . The album also features a colaboration with CJ Scioscia from New York City area thrash legends Blood Feast , who shreds a solo on track 5 ' A Blood Red Sky '.

Tim commented in a press release "The lyrics for the album have a darkened tone of irony about our contemporary societal woes and some deeply personal songs as well, of life and all its miseries. The music on the album sounds brutal, we really got a sick mix of old school thrash and heavy pit provoking groove riffs."

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The music video depicts today's society, social media junkies hopped up Facebook likes. The idea for the song came from a day Tim was going through his friends list, deleting people that had no reason to be there. " I was culling them, deleting someone from your page is worse than death for some people. I think we are all going fuckin' crazy. Its a virus and we're all infected"

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