Disposable – At The Foot of The World
2014, Ouergh Records
THRASH: youthful and angry with a melodic edge…
At a moment when young bands are ‘tech,’ over-produced or, rather alarmingly, attempting to revive metalcore, thank god someone’s gone back to furious thrash basics and is quite simply pissed-off. Disposable’s frenetic debut is equal parts sharp guitar, rapid drums and incensed vocals, wholly thrash but far-removed from the neo-thrash of Municipal Waste/Gama Bomb et al. Despite being more comparable to early Exodus and Kreator however, the album is distinctly contemporary – while the guitar work is decisively melodic, blasting drums retain an acceptably heavy quality and the tempo-changes keep the entirety of the album moving at a fervent pace.
This nine track, rabid pack not only fit together but are also individually distinguishable, aided not only by the overtly melodic guitar licks, but moreover by the impassioned vocals and punctuating group-shouts. Frontman’s William Robertson’s vehement bark is a clear strength of the album and is thankfully not hindered by any cringe-inducing lyrics, a common symptom in notably young bands.
I’m glad this album exists. Sometimes when the psychedelic doom/Viking-metal epics/quest for the ultra-kvlt has all become too much, you need the indignation of an album like this to bring back the metal primacy…and probably the rage that got you here in the first place.
At the foot of the world? World at their feet (8/10).