PARASITE: Reverberation: CD

When I was in high school I listened to a lot of Christian metal (bear with me here). One of my favorite groups was an act out of Southern California called Vengeance Rising. Their singer, Roger Martinez, was also a very charismatic pastor at a heavy metal church (sure, why not?) and they played a mix of thrash, grind, and death metal. They had such an influence on me that the first thing I thought of when I heard this Japanese punk metal band, Parasite, was Vengeance Rising. The vocals sound quite similar to Martinez’s, but the music has more punk influence, although it’s still pretty metal. Think a heavy version of Motörhead with grind vocals. I do like my fair share of grind vocals and love me some Motörhead, but the two here just remind me of weird Christian metal from my teens and I can’t quite get past that. But that’s my hang-up. It probably won’t be yours. –Kurt Morris (facebook.com/metalpunkmassacre)