"R.F.E." (Lycanthrope Mv Records; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"R.F.E.," which, as you might guess, stands for Rabid Flesh Eaters (which is also the name of the band) is a high-velocity tornado of an album, a speed-metal thrash experience that will leave your head spinning and your entire body sore from the moshing you'll be doing, even if you're alone in this currently quarantined world.

"R.F.E" takes thrash at face value, ripping through each track with a fiery acceleration that threatens to spin out of control at every moment. How anyone can play this fast without hurting themselves is beyond me.

There are highlights aplenty here. The title track, the aforementioned "R.F.E." features Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt trading vocals with the band's own Ricky Wilson. Sadly, this would be Corbitt's last recorded studio appearance before his death last year. "Hallucinations," the album's second track, starts out with a metal version of the theme from the classic horror film, "Phantasm." And tracks 6, 7 and 8"Die in Pain," "Welcome to Your Funeral" and "Contagious Contamination" are covers of Rigor Mortis classics. They appear together near the end of the album as a tribute to that legendary band.

Bottom line is that if you like your metal at breakneck speed and with guitars that cut like barbed wire, "R.F.E." is just what your looking for.

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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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