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California metal trio Nihilist make no bones about its love for all things metal, from the pictures of studio rooms flanked with posters and half-stacks in CALL DOWN THE THUNDER’s album artwork to the outfit’s no-nonsense straight-ahead classic metal aural assault. They even cover Judas Priest’s “Freewheel Burning” for God’s sake, and if that’s not an indicator of what this full-tilt metal troupe whose inclinations lean between the guitar virtuosity of the aforementioned and the cleanly chugged chaos of late ‘80s thrash metallers like Flotsam and Jetsam is, then you my friend cannot call yourself a metalhead. If you dig revival metal a la Three Inches of Blood and even the kitschy wares of Manowar, then Nihilist is perfect to quench that insatiable hunger for over the top metal.
- Mike SOS