Fans of 80's thrash metal may have to dig deep into their black memories to remember thrash pioneers Detente from Los Angeles. Detente's approach had some novelty with a female lead singer Dawn Crosby (d. 1996), who could shred her lungs every night, nuances of punk, and lyrics focused more on sociopolitical commentary rather than lust and hate. Their seminal, and only, recording Recognize No Authority is an obscure, but underground thrash favorite among connoisseurs (currently re-released). Following the reissue of this classic, the band returned to the studio with new vocalist Tiina Teal to record Decline.
True to their roots, Decline revives Detente vigorous thrash/punk style. Teal's screaming vocals are matched equally by a breathless pace and blistering, finger bleeding guitar solos. Additionally, listen for some expressive bass lines on Predator and Kill Rush. Never to be pigeon-holed Degradation Machine underscores the thrash with some classic 80's heavy metal. The single flaw, however, is that the work is too short with only eight songs. Nevertheless, if you're a longtime fan of thrash metal's roots or simply want to discover the heart and soul of the genre from its earliest days, then you should put Detente's Decline on your recommended listening list.
If you're a longtime fan of thrash metal's roots or simply want to discover the heart and soul of the genre from its earliest days, then you should put Detente's Decline on your recommended listening list.
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