Supergroups comprised of metal legends are becoming as popular as the resurgence of old-school death metal. Pitch Black Forecast, the creation of J. Mann of Mushroomhead and Gene Hoglan of Testament and Dark Angel, have spawned some extremely thrashy metal, similar to Revocation and Havok. It’s not throwback thrash, and there’s nothing stretching the extremes of metal here, but their debut, As the World Burns, is an enjoyable listen. If it doesn’t get your head banging, nothing will!
The album opener, “Open Letter To God,” features none other than guitar legend Devin Townsend. The song is blistering, and Hoglan showcases why he truly is a legend. “Landmine,” featuring Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows, is another chugging, riff-filled monster of a song. Shadows’ vocals hearken back to the early years o his band, and Mann sounds incredible here. “Season In Hell” is pure thrash. It’s catchy, yet brutal as hell! The title track follows the same basic formula as the previous songs, but it is my favorite here. The gang vocals in the chorus sound phenomenal. “So Low,” featuring vocals from Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe, is slower, but his vocals are fucking crazy. “Atonement” is razor-sharp, and it goes from breakneck speed to roaring, chugging breaks. “Wrapped in Plastic,” featuring Human Furnace from Ringworm on guest vocals, is a burning lesson in violence. It’s just insane!
Pitch Black Forecast aren’t breaking any metal molds, but they are putting together some incredible thrash. I can’t tell you how many times I have listened to this album, and I haven’t grown tired of it. It’s a fun listen, and we can use that in today’s world of 10,000 sub-genres of metal.
Watch The World Burn is out now on CDS Records.
Rating: 4/5 Stars