The Generations Army are back again with their latest offering Voices and Visions, and like the last review I did, I am flawed for the second time. The band has managed to capture the energy of their predecessors, particularly Slayer, and craft a number of songs which are heavy, well written and unique in their own way. I decided to do a song by song breakdown of this record, so let's get into it.
Inhale - The intro to this record is perfect for what's about to come. Heavy drums with a distorted guitar sound make for an EP which consistently thrashes at blistering speeds. This intro is perfect as it prepares your ears for the assault that will soon follow.
Exhale - This was definitely my favourite song on this EP. It took me back to the South of Heaven era by Slayer and I could see this song fitting perfectly on that classic album. The melodic and diminished thrash riffs make for a strong song that is really enjoyable to listen to. Exhale is the perfect example of the band's ability to pay homage to previous thrash titans but also put their own unique flavour into their own songs.
The Vigilant - The intro to this song was particularly engaging, and that's largely due to the heavy drums and bass that comes through. The production on the entire album is fantastic, however on this track particularly the sound of each layer is perfectly balanced. As per the theme of this record the band manages to craft riffs which thump at an extreme tempo but are memorable and perfect for satisfying a metal-head's hunger.
Voices and Visions - The concluding track of this record is the perfect send off for The Generations Army's second release. Once again strong production and riffing lead the way, and I loved the bass breakdown and the riff that soon followed. It is a tribute to Slayer in my eyes, and that is never a bad thing.
Overall I again had the pleasure of listening to some truly, high quality thrash metal. The band has captured that raw aggression of the 1980's thrash scene, accompanying it with great production, strong riffing and face melting guitar solos. The band has definitely gained momentum since their last release and I'm looking forward to more in the future.