Mini-Review: Roxx Records release the Roxx Summer Sampler 2012
Over the past few years, the American Roxx Records have become bigger and bigger, increasing their roster with some quality bands. The Sacrificed and Liberty ‘N’ Justice have already come by here at the Baboon and especially the former has been received positively by most of us. There are also some new names like ForChristSake and Join the Dead (for the record, Roxx Records deals in Christian Metal), which are planned to release their debuts this year and which promise some news for the returning Thrash scene! The sampler contains 8 songs and 31 minutes of music. I’ll simply pick out the heavier highlights as there are also some less interesting Punk and Rock songs on there.
Kicking in are the awesome The Sacrificed with a song called Behold the Power of God. The song is characterised by a powerful, driving rhythm and the solid songwriting which we know from previous songs from their 2012-effort III.
After some three songs we arrive at New Mexico-thrashers Ultimatum who present us with their song Heart of Metal. It’s a bit of a shame that it’s a Metal Pulse Radio Mix, so it contains some weird radio introduction, but with some primary school cutting and pasting, this is easily solved. The song itself comes from their critically acclaimed Into the Pit (released in 2007) and is a classic “Metal”-song, with the singer demanding rising fists and stuff. Not very original, yet in any case, Ultimatum deliver some very fine Thrash Metal as always.
Next up is a live recording of the Irish ForChristSake playing the song Red Moon. it is a bit of a weirdo as it’s very raw and seems to be recorded with only one microphone. However, Red Moon sounds very promising as ForChristSake play us some tight Thrashing Death Metal.
Skipping one more song we arrive at Out of Breath by new kids Join the Dead. Musically this seems to draw a lot from Christian Thrash Metal legends like Deliverance and The Moshketeers, while here and there I spot some vibes in the vain of Slayer and Nuclear Assault. Their sound is very promising, the vocals are superb and there certainly is no lack of skill. It’s only composition deserves some attention, however, I’m sure this will simply come with time.
The sampler comes with any 4, which is today. A bit weird as most samplers are given away for free. Personally, I wouldn’t say that the sampler is worth the buy (although there are some really good releases on the label), yet it gives a hint of what is to come this year; and sure the future with Roxx Records will be very good indeed!