THRUST – Harvest Of Souls

THRUST - Harvest Of Souls
  • 7.5/10
    THRUST - Harvest Of Souls - 7.5/10


Pure Steel Records
Release date: April 27, 2018

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Metal fans have seen the crypts open up and witnessed bands long thought dead shambling from their sepulchral tombs. Retro Metal is popular; the genre has seen the reformation of classic line-ups of essential bands as well as infusions of new musicians around a core nucleus of veteran players and a recognizable name. One of the most interesting resurrection phenomena is the reappearance of a band that barely even appeared in the first place…sift through the reviews of the past year and see how many bands you can find that released one or two albums in the eighties—thirty plus years ago—that reignited with new material in the late 2010’s. Count Thrust among that latter category; there’s a thirty-one year gap between 1984’s Fist Held High and 2015’s Reincarnation, with only a couple demos and a band-approved 2002 bootleg in between, making this years’ Harvest Of Souls seem like a massive upgrade in productivity.

The song titles and music place the album squarely within the American Metal scene of the early to mid-eighties, meaning it paradoxically sounds both dated and timeless. Recognizable, chanted choruses, thunderous drumming and muscular, chugging riffs abound. Half a dozen of the tunes, especially “Feel The Pain” and “Sorceress”, would not be out of place on an eighties Metal Blade comps (Thrust had a song on the fourth one). If you stupidly threw out all of your Good Old Stuff during the fifteen minutes Nu-Metal was a thing, Thrust isn’t for you, but if every so often you reach back into the archives for something with steel and iron at the core, Harvest of Souls can provide a fresh fix. Some metals don’t rust.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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