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SSS - Short Sharp Shock Review

by Matt Hensch

A time capsule must have opened up somewhere, because it seems I went to the 80s and found this thrash-laden release amongst all those D.R.I records! Conceived in the underground of Liverpool, Short Sharp Shock (aka SSS) focus solely on the crossover genre like it was meant to be: heavy, fast, and fun! However, these gentlemen have paved a block of great punk-thrash hybrid worth hearing again and again. Honestly, Short Sharp Shock are a group that revives the velocity of mixing vintage hardcore with ass-kicking thrash, and the equation results in a self-titled debut that resembles amazing crossover found in the glory days.

Now let's get one thing straight: musically, SSS are practically a Stromtroopers of Death clone, but that's what makes them good. This debut, for instance, is simply a wide collection of ballsy thrash riffs walking hand-in-hand with fast percussion patterns and driving bass lines; all of which is mixed up as the record progresses in terms of length and overall instrumentation. However, the thrash structure is altered occasionally with most anthems taking a quasi-D.R.I. approach while others represent a Slayer vibe or an old-school Anthrax style. Still, Short Sharp Shock's debut is just pure crossover thrash that pounds your rectum, and that's really all one could ask for.

SSS isn't the most diverse group out there, but there's one thing that separates them from the pack: the vocals. Oddly enough, the band's British origin actually deals out a boatload of originality due to vocalist Foxy and his blatant homeland influence. Like the typical thrash singer, Foxy applies constant aggression at speedy rates, yet the man's dialect is just such an awesome addition to this record. For one, his vocals are perfectly clear and decipherable, and the whole English overtone makes every song a lot more entertaining. It just wouldn't be the same without Foxy; his jargon really makes this record that much better. It's like a new version of thrash…Slayer meets crumpets and tea maybe?

Short Sharp Shock's debut is everything that makes thrash great: fast riffs, frantic vocals, hammering percussion, and a slaughterhouse full of testicles. Along with those essential qualities comes the uncanny old-school edge and Foxy's nifty voice; two solid recipes equal one tasty entrιe: this cool CD. SSS will unquestionably appeal to thrash warriors and metalheads alike, so don't hesitate to pick this one up.

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