A MUST BUY!!
Brutality is the order of the day here. It is a brutality delivered with such calculated ferocity and aggression that many other hardcore acts would envy. From the off it continuously blasts and assaults your eardrums with hundredweight heavy crunching riffage accompanied by an extremely tight and thunderous rhythm section. Growling vocal delivery has been used to maximum effect and it rounds off the whole effect nicely.
From the opening blows of 'Blindfolded Death', you get the distinct impression that these guys are very angry at the world and quite rightly so when you listen to the message they put across dwelling on various topics like racism, paedophilia, human trafficking, and celebrity worship among others. These are all big problems in the world and these guys need a huge pat on the back for taking the opportunity to use the band as a vehicle to bring forth a worthwhile message to the people. As not nearly enough acts do that these days it's a huge plus in my book. A brooding malevolence pervades this record from start to finish, which is giving that extra 'oomph!' by the crystal clear production of Pig Pen Studios and West Side Studios. I mention these places as they have done a wonderful job.
I am already on my third playthough and that should give an indication of how much I enjoy 'Throes Of Mankind'. With tracks like 'Justice Through Retaliation', 'Flesh Empire' and 'Inhuman Nature', 'Throes Of Mankind' I dare say will become a hardcore classic. If not, the world will be doing itself an injustice.
Words by Paul Clarke.