FATAL EMBRACE – Operation Genocide

FATAL EMBRACE - Operation Genocide
  • 6.5/10
    FATAL EMBRACE - Operation Genocide - 6.5/10


Iron Shield Records
Release date: September 27, 2019

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“First class Thrash Metal from Berlin!” “Old school Thrash since 1993” Fatal Embrace’s assessment of themselves is similar to their pronouncement that their 6th studio album is a “new masterpiece”.  The simple statements reflect the ethos of a band who, while overly optimistic about the stature of their release, are honest dealers of take no prisoners Thrash Metal.

“Betray Your Heroes” and “Skinned To Be Alive” lead off in furious fashion.  Recalling Reign In Blood era Slayer, these highlight tracks feature biting riffs, break neck pacing, tempo changes, blistering solos, and menacing, yet intelligible vocals.

While the remainder of the journey doesn’t approach the hook laden sophistication of the openers, there are occasional flashes of brilliance.  “Your Spiritual Quest” takes a risk with an extended bridge that’s close to being a song within a song.  “Let The Evil Flow” is notable for its speed and endurance and “Soulcrusher” throws down a memorable bridge filled with twisting riffs.

Operation Genocide isn’t a masterpiece but it’s a decent listen for any Thrash Metal fan and leaves little doubt the band are masters of the genre.  They are at their best when they include a variety of tempo and riffs changes throughout songs instead of solely within the confines of a bridge.


TRACKLIST (Highlights: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10)

  1. Ripping The Sky (Intro)
  2. Betray Your Heroes
  3. Skinned To Be Alive
  4. Your Spiritual Quest
  5. Let The Evil Flow
  6. Depravity
  7. Criminal Scum
  8. The Soulcrusher
  9. Forevermore
  10. Spawn Of Plagues
  11. Metal Thrashing Mad (Anthrax Cover)


Dirk Heiland – vocals
Jörg Trabalski – guitar
Tobias Stork – guitar
Philip Zeuschner – drums
Ronald Schulze – bass


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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