GREEN DEATH – Manufacturing Evil
Green Death is something entirely new to me, which is to say that I had never previously heard or read anything at all relating to this US thrash metal outfit, but you know what they say; better late than never. "Manufacturing Evil" is a thunderous and well-executed thrash metal attack that reeks of precision and skill. That the band harbors a love for bands such as Testament, Megadeth, Forbidden, Pantera, and Exodus is quite evident, and Green Death has a wicked charm to it that appealed to me the very first time I spun this disc.
While none of the songs off "Manufacturing Evil" are truly original or highly innovative as such, they are so well-arranged and cleverly written that one’s focus seems to shift entirely to the fact that the album as a whole is extremely catchy and entertaining to listen to. The varied and diverse vocals that span from growls and screams to clean singing are definitely one of the more pleasing aspects of listening to the album. Many of the riffs are sharp and lethal while others are more bombastic and crushing, which is to say that Green Death strike a nice balance between fast and slow parts. The drums could have been a bit punchier and more in-your-face production-wise, but that is a minor complaint, really. Highlights include the melancholic "Soulless" and the hard-hitting "Lord of the Dead". If progressive thrash metal is your thing, then by all means check "Manufacturing Evil" out. Before I forget, the mighty David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) appears on the track "Gates of Hell"!