Thrash is one of those genres where there really is no grey area. You either do it right or you don’t.
Lost Society absolutely fucking nail it, because Terror Hungry is a blast of a listen. Bristling with punk rock energy, infectious guitar melodies and chock full of “what the fuck did I just hear” solos, this album makes me smile during every song. Ignoring the minute thirty they spend on “Spurgatory,” this record grabs you by the throat with “Game Over” and does not let go until they are good and done.
Vocalist/guitarist Samy Elbanna doesn’t try to be overly melodic with his rasps, relying on a hardcore-style bark that is perfectly suited for the din his bandmates kick-up. “Lethal Pleasure” could be featured in any Thrasher skate video, “Mosh It Up” inspires stage diving off of any raised surface and “Wasted After Midnight” is the soundtrack to any evening spent by a longhair on a drinking binge (check out the belch that kicks off the album-ending thrash-out). More than a few times – most notably on “Tyrant Takeover” – the band starts with a slow groove, then switches gears to something completely different. Just when you think you’re going to get a prototypical thrash/punk song, Lost Society say “nope” and turn on riffs that seem classic yet refreshingly current.
Terror Hungry is a mid-year standout, and it will definitely be called upon when creating this year’s “best of …” list.
Terror Hungry is out now on Nuclear Blast Records.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars