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Washington State thrash metal group Mace are not only legends, but also pioneers. While their music is rooted in classic thrash, Mace was also one of the early adopters of punk and hardcore crossover elements. Though their career was somewhat short lived, in their time they shared the stage with renowned acts like Testament, Slayer, Anthrax, Metal Church, The Circle Jerks and The Accused. Mace would release two albums (1985’s Process of Elimination via Coma Records and 1987’s The Evil in Good via Black Dragon Records), both of which contained their signature brand of gutter thrash punk.

Edison New Jersey thrashers Eliminator released their first full-length, Breaking The Wheel, back in 2008. The album consists of 7 ferocious tracks that will make your head spin. With the intense vocals the music sounds like a hyper version of black metal. The only aspect I didn’t enjoy about Breaking The Wheel is how, instead of staying constant, the sound quality changes for each song. Guess that’s what can happen when one goes at an album DIY style with no/minimal help? In the end these are some vicious tunes for real thrash fans. Everyone better support Eliminator so they can pay for better future recordings.

Thrash death metal band Derelict released one of my favourite albums back in 2009 with Unspoken Words. In 2011 they followed that up with a digital, three song promo EP giving us a taste of what the future holds. I recently got the chance to ask guitarist Max Lussier some questions about his BBE Sonic Maximizer 362 Rack Piece that completes his sound.

German thrash titans Kreator have revealed the title of the bands upcoming album: ‘Phantom Antichrist’. The album is currently being produced at the famous Fascination Street Studio with renowned producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth) in Örebro, Sweden. ‘Phantom Antichrist’ marks the band’s debut for Nuclear Blast and is set to be released June 1st, 2012 (Europe) and June 5th, 2012 (North America)!

Partout, Québec-based thrashy folk metal band Nordheim self-released their album Lost In The North in 2010. A year later Maple Metal Records signed the group and re-released the full length. By genre association alone, thrashy folk metal perfectly describes their sound – they’ve essentially written fast metal music overlayed with keyboard’s emulating folk instruments. Overtop all of this are growls and the occasional shouted group vocals. Long story short, Nordheim have compiled a key album that could possibly help push for a broader Canadian folk metal scene.

Hemoptysis: the coughing up of blood from the bronchi, larynx, trachea or lungs, or in this case, the name of the thrash/death metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The group released their full length debut, Misanthropic Slaughter, independently (Rock It Up Records in Europe) and the 11 tracker can be summed up as fast, technical and heavy.

With their album The Blackening, Oakland, CA’s Machine Head became one of the most talked about metal bands; creating buzz and affording them spots on some of the biggest tours/festivals metal has to offer. Riding that high, they’ve returned with their follow up entitled, Unto The Locust. With the pressure on, everyone was watching to see if the band could yet again stun us all with a new release.