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Released: 2016, Witches Brew
Reviewer: John Haseltine
I may be dating myself a bit here, but being a teen in the era of the early days of 80’s metal really did a number on me. The Bay Area thrash scene was thriving and I was fortunate enough to be right in the middle of it. The unfortunate side of this is the fact that through the years, and as bands were honing their skills and sound to deliver them to the masses, it left a certain sound and style in the dust.
Like an addict always searching for that first “high” feeling, is in a little way how I search out new music. At first listen here, I was catapulted back to those early days of thrash metal. Ah, what a feeling! Hailing from China, Tumourboy are the real deal. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by the fact that they come from China. China is not a country that is known for exciting thrash metal. Well it is now.
DAMAGE SYSTEM is a full on old school thrash assault. They encompass the raw edginess of thrash that many of the better known acts have long abandoned for cleaner production sounds. They deliver blistering leads, insane riffs and a full on dose of extra fast drumming. This being their debut release coming only months after the release of their EP titled, NOISE.BEER.LOVE, Tumourboy are set to be around for a while and from what I have heard with DAMAGE SYSTEM, are destined to be an international success.
2. Chernobyl Devastation
3. Bitch Holocaust
4. Noise, Beer, Love
5. Sacrifice of Technology
8. Bay Serial Killer
10. Noise, Beer, Love (original version)
11.UxFxAx (original version)
Qu Jiashu (Tree Tumour): Guitars/vocals
Zhang Chi (Witch): Guitar
Zhang Baixing: Bass
Zhang Yichi (Dying souls): drums
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