SPACE EATER - Passing Through The Fire To Molech

Space Eater - Passing Through The Fire To Molech

10 songs
44:18 minutes
***** *****
Pure Steel


Named after a song by German band Gamma Ray, Space Eater from Belgrade in Serbia do however not play any kind of power metal, but have chosen their musical orientation to be thrash metal the way it was popular in the late Eighties. Their influences are of course the usual suspects (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax,... why do I even bother?), but what we get to hear on the quartet’s third album Passing Through The Fire To Molech reminds more of the slightly crossover infused thrash metal of Nuclear Assault, with occasional hints to the genial Holy Terror whenever things get more hectic.

When it comes to originality, Space Eater certainly won’t win a prize, but in this case I am willing to make an exception. Nobody in their right mind needs another clone of Metallica or Slayer, but as Space Eater have chosen to emulate a lesser known band from that golden period of thrash metal music, the nostalgia factor actually works.

The recipe is actually quite simple. Starting with the opener Unjagged, it is obvious from the start what the four Serbians have in mind. The music is high speed from beginning to end, making for a kind of speed thrash metal that never got the recognition it deserved. The guitars are firing of their riffs as if they were coming from a machine gun, the rhythm section is fast and furious, and especially the bass guitar is nice and loud in the mix, truly not unlike the gifted playing of a certain Danny Lilker. Vocalist Tower is also a convincing performer, mastering the higher registers of raw thrash screams that occasionally border on the melodic, but also very apt at more typical rough thrash growls.

There are no slow or even mid-tempo parts on Passing Through The Fire To Molech, and while the younger generation that grew up with groove metal and metalcore might have a hard time to assimilate this busy music, the older metal fans will have a pleasant feeling of déjà-vu and possibly lament the fact that this kind of music somehow never made it as big as it deserved. And that’s why I decided to hand out the maximum rating. True enough, Space Eater are not (yet) as perfect as the divine Nuclear Assault, but had this album come out a quarter century earlier, it would have been a milestone. In the present time, Passing Through The Fire To Molech still stands very strong with its authentic yet never thin Eighties sound. And the fact that Space Eater come from a not very likely location when it comes to metal music makes this discover even more intriguing.

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