||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
August 3, 2021
The 2000's were teeming with young upstart retro thrash bands,
with boundless energy and every one of them reliving 1985 as if their
lives depended on it.
One such band was Meltdown, and their 2007 debut,
the self-released Executioner
embodied the style and spirit of these bands,
basically crossing Kill 'Em All
with Bonded In Blood
(vocalist Dan Wetmore doing a fair Paul Baloff impression),
and per usual one can't give high originality scores but they were
quite capable at their craft.
Like fellow retro thrashers of the time such as
Bonded By Blood
Fueled By Fire
they were soon snapped up by a bigger indie label (
in this case).
They changed name to Mantic Ritual in 2008,
re-recorded the Executioner
album and released it a year later,
but broke up in 2012.
In 2020 most of the members reunited, with recording plans for later in
vocals/guitars (ex-Icarus Witch)
- One by One
- Black Tar Sin
- Death and Destruction
- Murdered to Death
- Double the Blood
- Next Attack