BIO-CANCER – Tormenting the Innocent
Thanks to the success of Suicidal Angels, Greece is now back on the thrash map. Bio-Cancer are a quintet from Athens, and their second album "Tormenting the Innocent" is another whirlwind ripper. Expect 9 tracks of relentless speed picking, up tempo drum madness and the vicious high pitched rasp of vocalist Lefteris. Slayer, Exodus, and Sepultura would be proud to spawn the energy cuts like "Obligated to Incest" and "Boxed Out", while the 1:28 "Haters Gonna…Suffer!" starts with a psychotic spoken word passage only to become an insane rabid arrangement ideal for MMA background action.
The Morbid Saint like vocals could be a deal breaker in Bio-Cancer’s appeal. Many in thrash want someone a little more multi-dimensional, and Lefteris certainly keeps the quintet firmly in the underground. There are times where I hear elements of "Over the Wall"-like Testament in some of the stair step chord progressions from axe men Thanasis Andreou and Stavros, except these guys take the energy and adrenaline factor up a few notches. The gang vocals make choruses for "Bulletproof" and "Life is Tough (So Am I)" easy for audience call and response action, where I think Bio-Cancer live comfortably on the stage.
Add in mixing/mastering from veteran metal producer Andy Classen and artwork from Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Vektor) and you get a 37 minute offering that has a lot of the fine stop/ start qualities that put thrash in the hearts of the young 30 years previously. Tearing limbs and bleeding ears could occur, as "Tormenting the Innocent" is not for the meek or mild. Fans of Sadus and the aforementioned Slayer/Exodus contingency will champion Bio-Cancer and make the legions grow.