ANGREPP – Warfare
“Warfare” is the first full-length release by Swedish thrashers Angrepp. The name means ‘assault’ and so the cover has the obligatory battlefield scene and the record starts with the noise of gunfire, tanks and planes… wait a minute – didn’t Whiplash do that in 1986? I must admit that I am way past bored with that one…
The music is punked-up thrash played straight down the middle and spiced up with the odd blastbeat here and there. The sound is a beefy as you can get – chugging, churning slabs of muscular thrash designed to get thrash freaks into a frenzy. With a production this clean, not an ounce of power, ferocity or melody is lost. In fact the production is actually so clear that I don’t trust it. There is nothing to mar the perfection or add character.
And the bad news is we’ve heard it all before – the intense riffing, the hoarse vocals, the hardcore influenced drumming. I was fed up with homogenized thrash bandwagon jumpers like this 20 years ago and Angrepp, despite their best efforts, have done little to bring the dying horse back to life.