"Heaven Sent Hellbound" (Candlelight; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

After a two-decade long hiatus, Connecticut thrash metal mavens Indestructible Noise Command return to the scene with the 12-track "Heaven Sent, Hellbound."

Produced by renowned knob twiddler Fredrik Nordstrom and containing a barrage of both old and new school thrash metal tactics guaranteed to get heads banging and limbs flailing, this excursion yields an undeniably powerful yet all too familiar blend of massive grooves, anguished screams, and thunderous rhythms that consciously reference every band from Pantera (“Swallowed”) to Destruction (“Bleed the Line”) to comprise a sound that hits hard and leaves marks but is definitely not their own.

Displaying a distinct appreciation for acts from the Golden Age of Thrash by implementing a widespread array of heavy influences from the likes of Death Angel, Sacred Reich, and Exodus, INC makes their music palatable for both those with a finger on the pulse of the modern thrash metal resurgence as well as acceptable to those who still revere in the glory from days past but overall lack that inexorable spark to place them a cut above their peers.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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