The NWOBHM exploded in England’s industrial midlands in the late 70s, laying the groundwork for the speed and thrash metal genres that flourished in the 80s.
Fast forward to the early 21st century and the NWOSTM, consisting of scores of young thrash bands that put a new twist on the old school stuff, is enveloping the globe. Hailing from Greece, Suicidal Angels are one of those bands that continue to revitalise the thrash genre. On their debut EP ‘Armies of Hell’ they wear their love of old-school thrash on their sleeve and the likes of Kreator and Destruction immediately spring to mind. The following year their full-length debut dropped: ‘Eternal Domination’ perpetuated the band’s Teutonic leanings with a classic, furiously paced thrash offering. Since then they’ve grown musically, as illustrated by 2016’s ‘Division of Blood’: intelligent tempo changes, ripping solos, Nick Melissourgos’s improved vocal skills and an undiminished passion for their craft. Those who thought thrash was dead were set straight by their live recording ‘Conquering Europe’ (2016). Their most recent studio recording‘Years of Aggression’ (2019) doesn’t innovate but instead serves up another generous helping of unadulterated thrash riff worship. Last year they blew our minds, all they have to do is hit repeat.