Available: November 14th, 2015
Label: Self released
Did you know Canada has more bands than just RUSH and Triumph? It’s true they do! Actually if you are reading this review or are familiar with metal at all you probably already know that. What you may not know is that while Canada seems to be in the midst of a new wave of metal renaissance so to speak some of the nation’s older rockers have decided to join the ranks as grizzled veterans who had once retired but now have a good chance of being heard in the ever expanding digital world.
One such band is Shock. I had the pleasure of reviewing the revived band’s prior release, ‘Once Denied’ which did such a great job in the music it put forth that at first, I actually thought it was some of the band’s unreleased material from back in the 80’s that they didn’t get to release. It was in fact newly recorded material and it really grasped the old school thrash sound that bands like Metallica and Megadeth rose to fame on. Looking back in Shock’s history this isn’t surprising as the band did get to tour with Megadeth and Anthrax in the 80’s and are cut from the same cloth.
Now I am treated with the band’s second album ‘Forewarned’ which is due out in the next few days. Again, Shock is doing what they did when they stopped back in the 80’s and picked up again with ‘Once Denied’. They are putting out good, quality thrash metal. The production sounds like a vintage metal band from the 80’s and the songs play like vintage thrash. The singer sounds like a mix between Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and John Gallagher from Raven, in fact the singer sounds like he is still a young kid which I find interesting after all this time. Way to keep the voice man. The guitar has the crisp and precise thrash sound I mentioned and a bit of the NWOBHM sound you tended to hear in the early mid-80’s before you had a shift in production sound in the studios that led to how man albums sound today, which is over produced. If you are like that organic and warm sound in your metal then this album will sound like liquid honey in your ears.
I have noticed some people complaining about older bands who haven’t done anything years suddenly coming out with albums and that they shouldn’t be taking attention away from younger bands who are trying to make a name for themselves. To me, I think that is a very narrow view and a petty attitude to have. Because if the old bands can make music like Shock is doing, I will happily welcome any release they have with open arms. No matter how long it has been since they released an album.