There must be something going on in Sweden, because every time I discover a new band from there they are heavy, fast, technical, and always bringing a fresh sound to the table. That's the exact case with Sweden's latest thrash band, "Breakout". I had the pleasure of checking out their new EP, "The Fear", which combined the best of the greats like Metallica and Iron Maiden, making for head-banging madness. As the EP is only 3 songs I'll go through each one individually.
The first track entitled, "Louder Than All", breaks the door open with a homage to "Hit the Lights" and "Ride the Lightning" with screaming guitars and pounding drums. But things get real exciting when the band introduces a Diamond Head-esque riff that is both heavy and classic. What I noticed from the first few seconds of the EP is just how good the production is, it brings out the strength in the guitars and their tone is second to none. Each instrument, accompanied by the vocals, has been mixed well. "Breakout", has still managed to maintain that 1980's thrash sound at the same time, which is not easy to do. The opening track is melodic, heavy, and draws heavily on that classic thrash sound which we all love. I also noticed elements from Metallica's first 5 albums, with the songs going through clever progressions and very catchy choruses.
The second offering, "Face the Fear", continues what the band has done so well in the opening track. The riff that fades in is something that James Hetfield himself would be proud of. "Face the Fear" doesn't mess around at all, and I was head-banging instantly. The guitar work is impressive, the drummer also has great chops behind the kit, and the bass is loud and keeping it rolling. The solo in "Face the Fear" was also a standout for me, both technical and face melting.
Finally, my personal favourite, the closing track, "Reckless". This track draws largely on Iron Maiden and Metallica, and this can only be a good thing. Beginning with a brilliant and epic acoustic section, the band sets the tone for the song to be one of mastery. The distortion kicks in and things take a heavier turn, a classic riff is brought in by pounding drums and this would make as a good soundtrack for a mosh pit. "Reckless", ends with my leaving me wanting more.
From start to finish this debut EP is great. "Breakout", can only have a positive future, this EP is strong, heavy, classic and reminds me of why I love metal so much, and it proves once again that there's always great music being created.
Check out the band's Spotify for the entire EP below: