Debut full length release from New Zeland melodic thrashers Awakened Inferno and we have an interesting release on our hands. In fact that thrash label I hear associated to this band can be a bit of a misnomer as a good portion of the music is very melodic, using lots of tempo changes and breakdowns, this is a very significant release. I have to say that these guys really have their own style and swagger, sounding a lot like a few bands here and there, but really when it comes down to it, there are no other bands I know of that really puts it together quite like they do. Part of the credit really has to go with vocalist Jacob Peters who is able to go from the very thrashy to the extremely melodic in a heartbeat, which gives the band a bit more versatility than many are allowed with their vocalists. Regardless of anything else, that creativity stands them apart. The production is very solid, making the final overall package a delight. If I was to say one negative thing about this release it would be the artwork, but its far from horrible, it just seems to basic to fit the stellar music within.
Choice Tracks – Enter The Dragon, Kingpin, Under The Sky, Assassin, Dystopia, Mean Machine, Volition