Pandemic Outbreak – Rise of the Damned


Polish thrash attacking religion and war… Nice.

Released through Hungary’s P-18 Records (shop, Facebook) and to be distributed by Neverheard Distro on 28 February 2017 and ingested and digested and ejaculated by Jason Guest

I’ve never heard of this band before but when I saw that the first track was called ‘Fuck Off And Die’, that joyfully obnoxious, stubbornly defiant and purposely unreasonable teenager in me just went, ‘Go on, press play. You know you want to.’ So I did. And face-blasting-off thrash did storm forthwards from the soon-to-be-ravaged speakers to destroy my soon-to-be-cauliflower ears.

Opener ‘Fuck Off And Die’ deals brutally and abruptly with killing in the name of religion; ‘Gates of Hell’ focuses on, well, I’m sure you can guess; ‘Rise of the Damned’ tells of the dead rising (no surprise there); ‘Wrath of the Ancient God’ is about, yep, you guessed it, killing in the name of the benevolent white-bearded one in the sky; and ‘War… War Never Changes’ tells of the seemingly unavoidable destruction that we’re all headed for. So yes, it’s the eighties all over again.

All-out thrash influenced by the likes of Toxic Holocaust, Sepultura, Sadus, Sodom and Death condensed into twenty minutes that is unremitting, remorseless and ruthless, the riffs are blazing, the vocals are barking, the drums are blasting, and the lead work is on fire! Rise of the Damned may not be original but it’s unendingly furious fun.

Pandemic Outbreak – Rise of the Damned 20176 out of 10

Track list:

  1. Fuck Off And Die
  2. Gates of Hell
  3. Rise of the Damned
  4. Wrath of the Ancient God
  5. War… War Never Changes