"Demo 2003" (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Thrall, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band, has released a three-song demo that is further evidence that outfits that have known little other than the nu-metal genre as their source of inspiration are finally beginning to abandon the limitations of that style. Instead, many young bands are turning to a more primal approach while retaining the pure adrenaline rush that nu-metal is known for. I guess you could say Thrall are treading the new path that aggro bands are carving for themselves and future generations. The aggro genre, of course, comes with its own set of limitations it seems that Thrall are doing their best at this early stage to push the boundaries of this ever-evolving musical style.

The first track, "Misanthropy," has a Jonathan Davis-like droning vocal approach intertwined with aggressive screaming atop a blistering musical attack. This is quite an impressive opening salvo for such a young band. "Thriving Within," the second track, is a bit more rooted in reality with anger coming to the forefront yet still maintaining a sense of groove. The third track, "A New Being," is much like the first track with a tad more rhythmic diversity for good measure.

While there isn't a lot to distinguish one track from another at this early stage of the game, there is enough promise on Thrall's "Demo 2003" to at least suggest that the band can push their aggressive sound to new heights on future efforts.

"Demo 2003" was produced by Thrall. The production isn't bad for a demo or such a young band, but the band's sound could be enhanced with more clarity in the overall approach and mix.

Thrall is Ed on vocals, Derek on guitar, Kyle on bass, and Joe on drums.

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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