"Freak Show" (Hansel & Gretel; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Thrash is alive and well, at least judging from "Freak Show," the latest CD from Luxembourg's Scarlet Anger.

Break-neck paced throughout (well, almost), "Freak Show" is ten tracks of nearly out-of-control guitar, racing rhythm and raging vocals. The songs seem to be based on monsters and comics, judging from the cover artwork and song titles like "The Abominable Master Gruesome," "The Thing Without a Name" and "Deadly Red Riding Hood," and the songs change pace for atmospheric purposes at the appropriate times.

Things really only seem to slow down significantly with "An Unbelievable Story of a Stupid Boy," which winds down to a twisted ballad, the kind of which you'd expect to hear from Marilyn Manson.

I've read elsewhere that "Freak Show" is more accessible than the band's previous CD but, as I haven't heard that one, I'm not in a position to judge. In fact, that may be to my benefit. I enjoyed "Freak Show" for what it is, not what it could have been, and that's good enough for me.

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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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