Metal To Infinity

Are you ready for a speed fest, click in your belts firmly because T.C.F. have no mercy for those who won’t survive their high-speed velocities! This is a band from Holland, formed in 2007 by Rob Slaughter (ex-Incremental) and Hans Hostile (ex-Enforcer) – created a demo called “Core ‘88”, an EP “Speed Or Bleed” and their newest effort “Where Madness Reigns” has been recorded in the summer of 2011 by producer Quintijn Verhoef. Finally, T.C.F. came in touch with Nate McLeod from US label Malevolence Records and early 2012, Thrash Core Fanatics’s full length beast of thunder saw daylight. 

Way back in the eighties, we had to deal with a Metal sub-genre called Crossover which was actually a blend of Hardcore & Thrash Metal music. I still remember bands like S.O.D., Nuclear Assault, Excel, Agnostic Front, No Mercy, Cryptic Slaughter, Wehrmacht, Crumbsuckers, Leeway among other. Speedy, thrashy, punk styled guitar riffs and fire spitting aggression reigned within this genre of Metal – it brought a whole lotta fun if we were hanging out with friends back then! Another trademark to Crossover music were the lustily, ranting and screaming vocalists not afraid to sing what’s on their mind. It was them against the world, no matter the cost!  

Listening to T.C.F. gives me the feel that I’ve been kicked back into the eighties – it feels as if time has stood still. Crossover, Thrashcore or whatever you’d like to define their style, T.C.F. is also able adding some good old Heavy Metal to the entire concept as well and that’s a very interesting fact to myself. Some of the tracks start with a funny introduction to go further like a bullet from a Colt 45 pistol but that’s what the band makes worth to check out. On the backside of the inlay I see one of the members wearing a cool Dark Angel logo on his chest so I think they’re really hooked on the everlasting forces of old school Thrash Metal and able to make their own created songs very well done. One last thing before leaving: during the first couple of songs, I hear quite messy guitar solo’s but as the CD progressed there was a remarkable improvement audible. From a certain point I got a whole different image from the guitar player in service. Short but fast solo’s, orderly played! 

“Where Madness Reigns” from Holland based T.C.F. is a good work to me – a youth sentimental charged product which brings up many old, still unforgettable memories! Excellent stuff for all moshers into Municipal Waste, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D, Anthrax (early Belladonna-era), bits of old Slayer/Metallica/Vio-lence, Agnostic Front, Excel, Ratos De Parao and stuff. Hope to see these guys during the upcoming Metal Over Oostrozebeke Festival (Belgium) that will happen in a venue named ‘T Ipperste… Date: July 7th. 2012. Other bands on the list are: Kaos, Absentia, Septic Christ and Diamondback. Nice festival in association with Malevolence Records, I’m sure the roof will go downside! T.C.F. - "Where Madness Reigns" to purchace at: http://www.malevolence-records.us/Store.php

My Points: 88 / 100 (Review by Stefan) nfected Existence (Malevolence Records)