"Music To Kill By" (Metal War; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Just by perusing the booklet defunct Las Vegas thrash band Papsmear accompanies their retrospective, "Music to Kill By," with, you can tell these guys were at the forefront of their scene, as homemade flyers touting shared bills with the likes of COC, Pestilence, and Hirax can attest to.

Armed with a feral thrash metal attack that always appeared to be on the brink of falling apart, this band who really never made it out of Vegas combines blistering speed, sneering vocals, whammy bar antics, and lyrical discourse taken straight from the playbook to comprise their style.

This multi-faceted collection boasts live recordings, demos, and a DVD of the good old days when beer was cheap, girls were easy, and posers were soundly disposed of or, at the very least (according to the live shows heard here), resoundingly heckled and harassed from the lead singer's microphone.

Diehard thrash maniacs will need this, but there's way better stuff -- both reissued and current -- out there to check out before you have to dig into this one.

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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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