After their second rennaisance in 2008 with Electrify, German thrash metal band Paradox are back with Riot Squad. The band has had their share of ups and downs since 1986 not the least of which is the revolving door of players. As I write this review, long serving guitarist Kai Pasemann and only recent drummer Roland Jahoda are gone. Yet, despite their afflictions Paradox still stays the course providing heavy/thrash metal circa 1985. I would say that Riot Squad maybe closer to that era than their previous release while upping the ante with more traditional speed metal. The album rips from the gate with formidable speed and heaviness, and does not calm down until the end. Where Electrify showed similar thrash qualifications, Riot Squad does not have the same subtle nuances of complexity (Planet Terror may be a very small exception) found within the previous release. Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed. Rather there's the usual thrashing and mucking about at an accelerated pace, but with little variation. Riot Squad is simply heavy, fast-paced thrash metal, no more no less. Top picks include Hollow Peace, Evolution, and Planet Terror. If you're old school and long for the good old days of blistering thrash, then Paradox's Riot Squad is a must buy.
This is simply heavy, fast-paced thrash metal, no more no less. If you're old school and long for the good old days of blistering thrash, then Paradox's Riot Squad is a must buy.
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