Fusion Bomb - Pravda

6 songs
27:53 minutes
***** ***


The thrash revival movement isnít that new anymore. Bands like Municipal Waste and Gama Bomb decided in the early years of the millennium to go back to a primeval thrash sound of the mid to late Eighties to try their hands at a rough thrash sound beyond the mainstream that was heralded by the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Therefore it seems logical that Fusion Bomb, who were founded by school mates in Luxembourg in 2010, might just as well have at first been inspired by the revival bands than by the real deal, although it is clear that later on they must have gotten the taste of the originals.

Itís been a year or two since I saw Fusion Bomb play live, and back then they were still chaotic. Itís a good thing that they used the last months to work hard on their music, so that their debut EP Pravda is a product they really donít have to be ashamed of. For a band that is really fond of beer, it is strange that only the bonus track Beertroopers Of Death is about their favourite beverage, whereas the other tracks are part of a concept dealing with the fall of the Soviet Union. The intro 1986 offers two minutes of Soviet choir music with old radio reports about Chernobyl, which does set the mood but maybe would have worked just as well or even better at half the length. The opener Powersource delivers exactly what one would expect from revivalists: American flavoured old school thrash metal with occasional hints at the crossover thrashcore sound, with bands like Sacred Reich and Nuclear Assault being the main influences, and some flavours of S.O.D. and D.R.I. adding a nice rowdy touch. At five and a half minutes this might be a little on the long side, but it gives a good impression of the musiciansí predilections. Up next is title track, at seven and a half minutes even longer, but in this case it actually works better as we get an unexpected melodic side that I hadnít heard from the band so far, and they manage to insert some of their Russian influences to give the song a certain exotic touch. I was also pleasantly surprised at the melodic guitar work that sets the music apart from being a simple thrash clone. On The Fields Of Katyn is once again straight in your face thrash metal, with maybe even some hints of Slayer thrown in for good measure. This just, as well as the following The Massesí Breakfast, both take advantage of the vocalistís snotty performance that recalls the glory days of the aforementioned crossover thrash genre. The EP concludes with the bonus track that despite its more humorous setting fits well in with the overall mood.

Pravda is really a very promising statement from an aspiring Luxembourgish thrash metal band, and while there could still be a bit more variety in the songwriting, especially when it comes to the melodic components that made the genreís pioneers so appealing. And yet they have come so far in only a few months that the only way can only be forward. In times where old school thrash has been heralded by local bands like Scarlet Anger and Sublind, Fusion Bomb are a welcome addition to the pot. The artwork excellently recalls the gaudy colours of the old LP covers, and the production is right on the point, making Pravda sound as if it were a forgotten gem from years past. Nostalgic thrash fans will find this a worthy entry for their CD collections.

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