||Los Angeles, California, USA
February 2, 2015
Retro thrash yet again by this Pittsburgh combo -- really, the metal scene
is just teeming with such bands these days, all bursting
with boundless energy and every one of them reliving 1985 as if their
lives depended on it.
Going by the name of Meltdown, they put out a self-financed effort
This is basically Kill 'Em All
crossed with Bonded In Blood
(vocalist Dan Wetmore sounds a lot like the late great Paul Baloff),
and while it's hard to give full marks to a sound that so derivative,
the fact is that these guys nail the style perfectly, with a stellar
production and even well-above-average soloing.
A lot of their fellow thrashers have signed to bigger indie labels
(Bonded By Blood
Fueled By Fire
to name two),
and in fact these guys followed suit, recently snapped up by
To avoid legal issues with other similarly named bands, they changed
name to Mantic Ritual in September 2008.
A re-recorded version of Executioner
was released in March 2009.
- One by One
- Black Tar Sin
- Death and Destruction
- Murdered to Death
- Double the Blood
- Next Attack