ADACTA: ZLO: LP

Super lavish gatefold: embossed cover with an impaled wild boar’s head from this longtime Slovakian band. Digging around in the entails of bands like Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, and Doom, but without any of the former’s melody and hooks. It’s a straight-ahead crust battering ram, which is just fine, but it doesn’t have the mayhem of Swedish bands like Skitsystem, or any of the Motörpunk melody of Inepsy or Totalitar. The band’s earlier releases had a female singer that was totally out of control like the Unhinged. This is just too paint-by-numbers for me. –Tim Brooks (PHR, phr.cz)

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