(7/10) Germany's Nordrhein-Westfalen is well known for good thrash bands. The Ruhrgebiet, as a part of the region, is the home of bands like Kreator and Sodom - the spearheads of German thrash metal.
Eradicator is coming from Nordrhein-Westfalen too; to be precise, they are from a city called Olpe. To be clear from the beginning, Eradictator doesn't reach Champoins League bands like Kreator, but they are a really good first league band.
The band started ten years ago and the first release happened in 2007. The demo was called "Back to the roots", followed by the debut "The atomic blast". The new album "Slavery" is number three for the band and is an important one for the four-piece.
"Slavery" starts with an intro before ten thrash tracks hit your ears and mind. "Ashes and sand" is the first real song after the intro. The influences are clear from the beginning. Bay Area metal is the big inspiration for Eradictator. Bands like the early Metallica, Exodus and Testament can be seen as references to describe the sound of Eradicator.
Songs like "Two thousand thirteen" (with an acoustic Metallica-like middle part that is well done) and "The state of atrocity" sound fresh and without compromisses. The band scores with heavy riffs, intelligent breaks and a sense of melody. Eradicator never gets lost in pure brutality when it comes to the songs. The tracks are ambitious and well structured which makes the album highly entertaining.
Two exception. The one and a half minutes long "Bloodbath" is fast and hits the nail right on the thumb. The same goes for "One man jury" that makes you think about Death Angel. They are different in the sense that thyey sound less complex and more straightforward.
The cover of the album is maybe a matter of taste. Eventhough Kai Swillus worked already for bands like Motörhead and Saxon the one for "Slavery" doesn't live up to the high quality of the songs and the band would have deserved in my opinion a better one. But as said, my personal opinion.
"Slavery" became an oldschool thrash metal album that got a modern appeal. Well done, authentic and raw power.
- Ashes and sand
- Evil command
- Two thousand thirteen
- One man jury
- The state of atrocity
- Smash the masquerade
Label: Yonah Records
Genre: Thrash Metal