ACCÜSED A.D., THE: The Ghoul in the Mirror: LP

This is yet another old school band with two separate versions concurrently active, containing a different combination of past members. The A.D. moniker indicates that this version of The Accüsed lost the battle for the band name. There is no fan of any of these bands who digs this bullshit. Kiss and make up or form a new band with a new name. That said, this is solid crossover thrash in the same vein that the original Accüsed were known for, though with fewer ultra-fast songs. While I’m not a big enough fan to accurately compare this to their classic records, the music here is good and worth a listen for anyone into Iron Reagan, D.R.I., Toxic Holocaust, et cetera. Also of note, the song “Dirt Merchant” contains a complete ripoff of the riff from Black Sabbath’s “Sabbra Cadabra.” –Chad Williams (Blackhouse,