SCHIZO (Ita) "Rotten Spiral" CD Review - Punishment 18 Records 2016
If you're an old die-hard underground metal addict, then you'll easily remember the first italian THRASH METAL wave from the late 80's and killer bands like Necrodeath, Bulldozer and .. SCHIZO ! Yes the same SCHIZO that released in 1989 the "Main frame Collapse" album that is now cult among underground circles ! After many line-up changes (only SB Reder is still in since the beginning), a period of inactivity (1999 to 2005) and then 3 full-length albums, SCHIZO are back with their fourth full-length album - "Rotten Spiral" - on italian Punishment 18 Records .. so how does SCHIZO sound like now in 2016 ? That's still THRASH METAL no doubt about that, but more than ever they evolve towards dark/cold atmospheres, reminding me of swiss monsters CORONER (can it be JUST a coincidence that Tommy VETTERLI - a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron - plays as guest on "Rotten Spiral" ?) when they changed their style from the third album "No More Color".. to something colder, darker, menacing, freezing... "Rotten Spiral" is a combination of intense melodies/harmonies with cut-throating riffs, fast rythmicals and scorched/desperate vocals, always very well executed & composed... always here & there some very heavy atmospheres giving the whole album this feeling when you feel insecure or instable... very impressive I must say ! Many bands tried to do this in the past and some did it well, but SCHIZO are doing it brilliantly and this album is for sure one of the best albums released this year if you ask me ! Caution : this is not the kinda music easy to get in, I'm sure for many listeners, it'll take some times to get in and catch its true essence.. but when this one will finally reveals itself, then you'll understand this is a MUST-HAVE album !
Fabien, born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the sounds of SAXON, TRUST, ROCK GODDESS, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, DIO, MOTORHEAD, AC/DC... the passion grew up as years went by ... Discovering later the new styles that are Speed/Thrash Metal, Death-Metal, Black-Metal, the fate was SEALED.. Born to Raise Hell, Rock Hard & Live his life according to the METAL rules!!!