Review: Before Us All – Deception

Over their one EP and one full-length album, Austrian trio Before Us All have consistently crafted intense, punishing thrash in the vein of old Sodom mixed with the more modern death metal approach of bands like The Crown and a chunk of metalcore. They certainly aren’t reinventing the thrash metal genre in any way but they always produced quality material. Happily for thrash mavens, after a six year hiatus they manage to keep the spiked ball rolling with Deception and give yet another lesson in violence and aggressive thrashality.

Before Us All - Deception

Basically, BUA traffics in fast, Slayer-friendly, riff driven songs with harsh barking, snarling vocals courtesy of Michael Morawetz. Songs like “Hypocrisies” and “Broken Boned” rip and tear as good thrash should and there’s no shortage of tough, biting and memorable thrash riffs. The bitter and hateful vocals spewed by Morawetz really add an extra dimension of viciousness and put the BUA sound over the top into the realm of thrashtastic. These Austrian boys have this style down cold and know how to write compelling metal. Of the eleven songs here, every one is a full speed rager and each has cool and addictive riffs and vocal patterns that actually stick in your head.

This style of metal simply doesn’t work without some high quality and heavy-duty riffs and Morawetz is more than up to the task. While most thrash bands rely on a dual axe attack for maximum carnage, BUA leaves it all to Morawetz and the man delivers some of the better thrash riffs out there today. Likewise, drummer Christoph Berger fulfills an important role by bashing the skins for all they’re worth and sounds plenty frenzied but adds some cool fills and rolls as time permits.

The songs are all pretty short, lingering just long enough to work up a nice rabid froth. The production courtesy Max Morton is sharp and hard-hitting and the drum sound is especially punchy and pounding. I like the way the drums and the guitar bleed together to creates a dense wall of aural chaos and when you add in the screaming and snarling, yeah baby, it’s harsh and nasty and fun!

Before Us All excels at what they do and that’s writing solid, heavy deathrash metal(core) that stays well within the established genre confines. Never pushing the boundaries but definitely using all the tricks of the trade to bash the listener into jelly, you know what to expect here.

Get Deception from Bandcamp here.