Barbatos - War! Speed and Power

Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010

Yasuyuki Suzuki (aka Barbatos) is back, this time with a solo album. Most of you Black Metallers out there will recognize his name from his other band, Abigail. This album just reeks of old Venom, Bathory and more than a little Punk Rock (not Hardcore, just Punk like X, The Ramones or The Sex Pistols). In other words, this is an album that is so old-school that it could only come from Japan. The song lyrics are pure sex, alcohol and killing shit anthems that make some pretty humorous reading. Musically, this is fast, furious and has a lot of old Punk feeling, much like Abigail. This isn’t the greatest, but it is very true to the older feeling of Metal from back in the early ‘80s. The only tracks that deviate from this are the final two, which have a sound completely different from the rest of this CD. I don’t know why they were included, but by themselves, they’re good. They just don’t have anything in common with the rest of the album when it comes to music. I enjoyed this album more for the nostalgia element than anything else and though I liked it, it isn’t something I would listen to regularly. The last two tracks aside, this is as retro as you’re going to get when it comes to old-school balls-out Thrash Metal.

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