Plague Years – “Circle Of Darkness” LP
Nothing short of a modern thrash metal classic from these Detroit head-bangers, and holy fuck, with a name, Plague Years, that is wretchedly perfect for this virus sodden 2020. Punked-up riffing, with a biting social commentary that are delivered with a vocal roar that is more aligned to hardcore than death metal (i.e. Power Trip, Municipal Waste. I’d even go as far as to add that there are echos of 80’s UK crossover to be heard – Unseen Terror, Antisect, Axegrinder). By and large, things are kept old school, without being retro, and there are few well-intended nods of recognition to metal greats of time past: Obituary, Sepultura, and (never getting tired or over used) Slayer too, of course.