Whipstriker – “Merciless Artillery” (Hells Headbangers)
Mayhemic Speed Metal from Brazil! If you worship at the unholy altar of early Venom, Sodom, Destruction and Warfare, then look no further than the aptly named “Merciless Artillery”, for it is 8 catchy tracks of black/death/ thrash from the bloody favelas of Rio de Janeiro!! Soldiering under the one man army of Whipstriker (bass / vocals) himself, this time around he’s joined by long time buddy Hugo Golon (Diabolic Force, Atomic Roar, Farscape, Apokalyptic Raids, Virgin’s Vomit) who handles all the drums and guitars, and Ó meu Deus does it work brilliantly. From Whipstriker’s own Cronos like guttural vocals and heavy bass to the wirring mayhem machined gunned out Golon’s guitars to the hammering drums the material is raw, brutal but highly catchy, taking from the old school tricks that made those 80s names into legends. The addition of Golon is excellent as he is a truly superb guitar player right from his roaring riffs to wild solos, classy breaks while taking in heavy metal elements in addition to thrash and speed metal. It definitely adds to songs like ‘Mantas’ Black Mass’, ‘Bestial Hurricane’ and ‘Soldier Of Sodom’, so I really hope he sticks around. Despite being a cult name in the diehard metal underground for the past decade, “Merciless Artillery” is a truly great team effort completed by Leon Necromaniac’s (Apokalyptic Raids) production, while the mastering was handled by Toxic Holocaust main man Joel Grind. Highly recommended!