• 8/10
    SPEEDTRAP - Raw Deal - 8/10


Thunderkinights Records / High Roller Records
Release date: August 3, 2009

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After listening to Speedtrap’s material, especially their latest EP Raw Deal, one wouldn’t dream that these guys are a Finnish band. Their sound, approach and textiles are very similar to North American acts of the first wave of Speed/Thrash Metal such as Metallica, Exciter, Slayer and the sorts. It’s like barging into 1983 all over again with Kill Em’ All, Haunting The Chapel and Heavy Metal Maniac (Raw Deal‘s cover art makes a fine tribute to this classic old album). Speedtrap turned out as a great addition to the Metal world playing Speed Metal derived from the uniqueness of NWOBHM followed by the first steps of Speed Metal constructed with minor Hard Rock indicators.

Raw Deal, as its name implies, is a very raw produced piece of music. It seems as if this was recorded live in a basement of some sorts, yet maybe the band wanted, exclusively, to make the impression of an older recording made in the first staging areas of the 80s. Considering their probable cause for an old recording feel, the vocals deserved more attention, volume wise mainly. In the past the vocalist had the dominance in the front more so than of the rest of the instruments.

Material wise, Speedtrap wrote some incredible riffs made with great main riffs and startling, almost Hard Rockin’ lead guitar frenzy. Those riffs are energetic and easy to catch, mainly because there isn’t too much technique involved. With the riffs bring in the well known drumming pace of the old Speed Metal craze and thumping of the first strides of the base drum machine. For comparison you might think if the two mentioned albums up stairs as Metallica’s Kill Em’ All and raw Exciter’s Heavy Metal Maniac.

Other than those attributes, Speedtrap, in the future, should be more assorted on the singing rhythms because there are moments on several songs where it seems that the singing rhythm is akin to others on different tracks.

Speedtrap came to conquer the world with their vintage line of attack and they have been at it since their formation in 2007. The fact that these guys are Finnish is even more exciting because Finland is not known to be a producer of old school stuff. It’s more bounded by modernity. Through Speedtrap, as an example among the minority of a rather strong underground scene of Metal, they are to be counted on when it comes to yearning for more tunes of the old days. Raw Deal is a good memento of how to manufacture a strong Metal creation without using complex material to make it sound better.

The Raw Deal album is available through the band’s label Thunderkinights Records and also, if you can get it, through High Roller Records on a vinyl version. Make your acquaintance with a speedy NWOBHM derived band that believes in the roots that started it all.

Highlights: “Heat Of Battle”, “Living Sacrifice”, “Warhorse”, “Redemption Of Might”.


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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