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Band: ALCOHOLATOR
Title: Coma
Format: CD
Release Date: 3/Nov/2011
Price: $12.00 USD

EBM records presents the 15th offering of the "Thrash is Back" Series.

Formed from the ashes of ABUSOR, canadian Thrash Metal Heroes ALCOHOLATOR brings a more elaborated Thrash with a more melodic riffing and killer guitar solos. The band's influences can be read pretty clearly: countless cold winter nights spent drinking too much Canadian beer, and listening to way too much Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate. But looking past the surface, influences go deeper, covering a wider spectrum of NWOBHM, traditional & thrash metal such as Satan, Raven, Priest, Coroner, Sacrifice, Megadeth and more.

ALCOHOLATOR's unique mix of technical, speed and thrash helps to create a very particular brand of Metal that allows the band to get their music blasting into the ears of bullet belt abusing, beer bashing headbangers worldwide, ALCOHOLATOR are a band to watch out for and their debut album " Coma " is guaranteed to make some heads roll. 

Cover Artwork by Talented Artist Sean Fitzgerald.

 

> Track List
1. Intoxication 101 6. The Chamber
2. Alcoholator 7. Liquid Thrash
3. Catastrophic Violence 8. Drink Beer... Or Die Trying
4. Abduction 9. Break The Wall
5. Pounding Metal (Exciter Cover) 10. Wasting Your Time (Wasted All The Time)
> Sound Sample

> Reviews
Metalland
Reste-t-il encore des assoiffés du Thrash Metal vintage ? Je ne sais pas, mais en tout cas EBM Records est un réservoir inépuisable dans ce genre de sorties rétrogrades assumées. Paru l'année dernière, Coma est le premier album de ALCOHOLATOR (oh yeah) et la quinzième offrande "Thrash Is Back" du label mexicain. Autant dire qu'il y en aura d'autres, malheureusement.

Logo tranchant, référence à l'alcool plus que visible et zombie sur la pochette, le quatuor canadien plonge tête en avant dans la mare boueuse des clichés du Thrash. Musicalement, pas de surprise non plus, ALCOHOLATOR enquille les brûlots Metal comme beaucoup, avec cet esprit Crossover qui plaît tant aujourd'hui. Le premier titre instrumental, "Intoxication 101", montre, effectivement, que la recette d'antan, à base de riffs mélodiques aiguisés, de lignes de basse claquantes et de rythmiques rapides, a bien été apprise. On attend donc la suite pour savourer la voix éraillée de Matt Butcher, les chœurs Hardcore de Oli Whiskey et les solos chaotiques à la SLAYER.

Classique, typique, usé même, le Thrash des Canadiens sent le manque d'originalité à pleins naseaux mais essaye, tout de même, de faire quelques efforts de variation. En effet, la cadence ralentit sur "Catastrophic Violence" pour adopter un feeling limite Death Metal, l'intro de "Drink Beer… Or Die Trying" se fait plus recherchée et la reprise de EXCITER, "Pounding Metal", en milieu d'album, se targue d'un groove Hard Rock bienvenu.

On ne va pas se le cacher, ALCOHOLATOR avec Coma , nous sert une bière, tout sauf fraîche, extraite d'un vieux fût de Thrash Metal bien vide d'originalité depuis bien longtemps (le riff de "Liquid Thrash" est presque identique à celui de "Alcoholator" c'est dire). Son taux d'efficacité est égal à votre taux d'appréciation du genre.
Rock Music Critic
Ah, to be young and inebriated. Many young people, upon discovering the joys and pitfalls of alcohol, hoist their favorite beverage up onto a pedestal where it may be praised and glorified. Such devotion can lead to branded clothing, home decorations and even ill-advised tattoos. And then you have these lads from Montreal who go and name their band Alcoholator.

With a name like Alcoholator you couldn't be blamed for expecting that all their songs are about consumption of the divine nectar, but such is not the case. They do have an above average number of alcohol related songs, but they also cover a range of other metal-approved topics. I know when I first saw their name I didn't expect to take them very seriously as a metal band either, but upon further inspection I've come to find that they are actually a competent thrash band.

The music on “Coma” leans towards an old school thrash sound ala Municipal Waste. They do a good cover of “Pounding Metal” (from Exciter's “Violence & Force”). I expected a much looser and punky sound on the album but in fact these guys are pretty tight and heavy. The production sounds good but that is relative to the style of music.

I think their name will likely deter new listeners from taking them very seriously, but if you get past that and give the album a listen the music is really quite good. Check them out on Facebook, MySpace or Reverbnation.
Heavy Hardes

Alcoholator. Was sagt uns diese Namenswahl über die zugehörige Band? 1) Die Musiker sind alkoholhaltigen Genussmitteln höchstwahrscheinlich nicht gerade abgeneigt, 2) die Musiker nehmen sich selbst und das was sie tun vermutlich nicht all zu ernst und 3) die Musiker spielen Thrash oder Speed Metal, was man unschwer an den letzten drei Buchstaben ihres Namens erkennen kann.

Und so geschieht es schließlich auch. Auf seiner Ton gewordenen Flatrate-Party, die konsequenter Weise unter dem Motto "Coma" steht, frönt der noch junge Vierer aus Kanada dem Thrash Metal der 80er Jahre und zollt seinen Tribut an Bands wie Sodom , Kreator , Exciter , Annihilator und all den anderen. Es ist daher nicht gerade verwunderlich, dass einem manche Riffarbeit der zehn ungestümen Songs auf geisterhafte Weise bekannt vorkommt und auch die Lyrics ein jedes erdenkliches Klischee abdecken. Der schrille Gesang und die regelmäßig wiederkehrenden Gangshouts machen sich in diesem Rahmen sehr gut und passen ausgezeichnet zu dem durchgehend rasanten Material, an dem Freunde der alten Schule sicherlich Gefallen finden werden. Sie seien an dieser Stelle jedoch vor einigen herzhaft schrägen und noch nicht gänzlich ausgereiften Gitarrensoli gewarnt, die einem durchaus einen Schauder über den Buckel treiben können. Dazu kommt noch, dass man auf Coma zwar viele spielfreudige, räudige Titel zu hören bekommt, jedoch kein tatsächliches Highlight. Stattdessen stehen sich die Nummern ausgesprochen nahe und lassen das nötige Quäntchen an Abwechslung am Ende doch arg vermissen.

Kurzum: Alcoholator liefern keine schlechten Songs, bewegen sich aber stets im Durchschnitt der großen Menge gleich gesinnter, meist sehr junger Kapellen, die unreflektiert ein 25 Jahre altes Genre wiederkäuen. Als Anspieltipps seien "Catastrophic Violence" und der Bandsong "Alcoholator" genannt - die beinhalten zumindest kein Gitarrensolo.

Maximum Metal
Alcoholator's "Coma" is the band's debut full-length out on EBM Records. I was unsure what to expect from this band but I have to say I'm pretty damn impressed. Musically these Canadians are very technical and deliver some solid old school thrash with some melodies thrown in for good mix. The guitar hooks are very catchy and plenty of solos appear to please the guitarist in all of us.

Songs like "Catastrophic Violence", "Break the Wall" and their cover of Exciter's "Pounding Metal" allow the boys to showcase their chops and their love of all things thrash and NWOBHM. The singer has a mix of Tom Araya and Paul Baloff styles going on. Solos a la Kerry King and Adrian Murray pop up with some pretty heavy drums and grooving bass lines bringing up the low end. The production is solid and crisp, tying everything together in a perfect brew of metal!

I am glad I stumbled upon these Canadian lads. If you can get past the silliness of a few songs ("Liquid Thrash" and "Drink Beer...or Die Trying" are all about the band's affinity for beer), this band really delivers a good dose of old school thrash that will have you banging your head and raising a beer to the metal gods!
DarkScene

Ein paar einleitende Worte zu Frühlingsgefühlen mitten im Winter: Moshmachine hat sich verliebt. Die neue Herzensangelegenheit nennt sich EBM Records und veröffentlicht nur Thrash Granaten!
Aus Kanada/Montreal stammt dieses Quartett, das sich (meiner Meinung nach) zum Songwriting ihres Debuts in die Kanadischen Wälder zurückgezogen haben muss. Wie sonst kommt man auf den Bandnamen Alcoholator und nennt sein Debüt "Coma" ?

Die Jungs haben sicher nur Whiskey und Bier gesoffen. Die Nahrung jagte man im Wald während man sich bei genannter Aktivität mit Grizzlybären herumprügelte. Nach erledigter Tagesarbeit zog man sich in eine Blockhütte zurück und lauschte den romantischen Klängen von Slayer , Kreator (Frühwerke), Sodom . usw. Hier wurde (auch hörbar) eine Zeitmaschiene, die die 4 Ahornblatt-Jungs in die 80er Jahre zurück schoss, bestiegen.

Die musikalische Alcoholator Darbietung ist nämlich Back tot he 80's pur.
Hier ist alles 80er Jahre lastig. Beginnend beim absolut genialen Cover von Sean Fitzgerald, bis hin zur absolut schuntigen Produktion. Eröffnet wird "Coma" von einem instrumental Intro und enden tut es in einem Thrash Metal Blizzard vom Feinsten .
Man höre sich nur "Alcoholator" , "The Chamer" und "Liquid Thrash" an, um sofort herauszufinden, dass hier Boys am Werk sind, die das Feingefühl eines Klemptners besitzen. Es wird gerifft und auf die Drumfelle eingewütet, dass es dem Hörer dieser zarten Klänge das Bier im dazugehörenden Moshtempo aus den Magenwänden herausdrückt. Jeder Song, vielleicht mit Ausnahme des Exciter Covers von "Pounding Metal" , dieses Albums ist ein Tiefschlag und Volltreffer in die Magengrube.
Alcoholator machen keine Gefangenen, sondern exekutieren den Hörer sofort mit einer Riffsalve nach der anderen und so möchte ich dieses Review mit den Worten der Band beenden: Drink beer…..or die!

Fazit Moshmachine: 7 von 10 Grizzlybärfellmützen für ein Album, an dem so manche Größe des Genres zu nagen hat. Und einen Bonuspunkt für die schäbige old-school Produktion gibt's gleich noch obendrauf.

Rate: 8

Metal France

Salut les thrasheur(e)s. Puisque notre musique favorite est de nouveau revenue en maitresse absolue, prête à conquérir le cœur des jeunes générations, le label EBM records (Endless Brutality Of Men Records) vous propose toute une meute de jeunes loups aux dents aiguisés.

Commençons par le groupe Canadien Alcoholator avec « Coma » paru en 2011. Ils avaient déjà une démo (Drunker Than Thou) et voici leur premier vrai cd. C'est un pur jus de thrash old school. Vu le nom de leur groupe et les surnoms dont ils se sont affublés (Oli Whiskey, Matt Butcher) on voit qu'ils vénèrent la fête et les boissons alcoolisées.

D'une façon générale, même si leur musique manque un peu d'identité personnelle, il n'en demeure pas moins qu'ils possédent un potentiel certain.

Pour bien faire un métal old school, il faut deux choses : trouver de bons riffs et des refrains qui vous saisissent tout de suite. Cela tombe bien car c'est leur cas. ils ont ce don. On trouve des titres excellents sur cette galette : « Catastrophic Violence », » « Abduction », « Liquid Thrash », « Wasted (All the Time ) ».

Riffs répétitifs, refrains accrocheurs, une ou deux brisures de rythmes pat morceaux, pas plus, de quoi rester efficace, sans en faire de trop ni pas assez. On peut y écouter également une reprise très heavy de Exciter (Pounding Metal).

Quant aux influences, et bien hormis leur gout pour l'alcool, au niveau musique on pense de suite sur « Catastrophic Violence » et « Wasted (All the Time) » à ….Tankard, leur grand frère Allemand. Seul bémol à tout cela, le soliste. Non pas qu'il joue mal, mais parfois ses solos sont à côté de la plaque. Pour jouer dans la dissonance il faut de la maitrise. Alors qu'il se concentre plus sur les notes qu'il joue et tout ira bien.

En conclusion un thrash honnête, vraiment attachant

The Metal Observer

For the most part, it's been an impressive wave of Thrash bands getting their time in the limelight in the last few years. There are, of course, those bands that seemingly get by just going through the motions. Canada's ALCOHOLATOR is not one of them. Although their debut “Coma” isn't going to win over those already tired of the new wave of Thrash, it's a very solid debut that showcases some great talent for the genre.

With ambition for speed, flurries of rhythms, and alcohol “Coma” is out to set a standard for these fast and furious men. The guitars layer on standard Bay Area style riffing and a knack for just enough melodic touch to catch the ears as the upfront bass and drum work pummel the listener with some triplets and popping beats. The occasionally melodic, but mostly snarly Punk influenced vocal work touches on a more aggressive style in harshness while the group chants on “Alcoholator” and “Liquid Thrash” let the listener get in on the fun.

While the performances certainly seem to be on top of sound, the writing can be a little hit or miss at times. After a solid start with a great intro and the theme of the album, it hits stagnation for a few tracks. The EXCITER cover adds a nice diverse almost standard Heavy Metal approach to their sound, but the band seems to go through the motions a bit until the last half where they kick it into full gear with all of the highlights for the record including the TANKARD worshiping “Drink Beer…Or Die Trying”.

Although ALCOHOLATOR is not adding anything new to Thrash or even executing the style to perfection on “Coma”, the debut is a solid one that will win over a good portion of Thrash fans. It goes through the motions a bit much, but when the band hits full stride with their writing and performing…they are a band truly worthy to enjoy.

Songs to check out: “Liquid Thrash”, “Drink Beer…Or Die Trying”, “Alcoholator”.

Rating: 8/10

Metal Wave
E' chiaro che ai canadesi Alcoholator piace bere. Ed è ancora più chiaro che gli piace bere tanto. Basta leggere il titolo del loro disco, Coma, per capire che l'intero ascolto va accompagnato da una serie di birre e superacolici da ingerire con costanza e dedizione. Probabilmente facendo così si incentiva esponenzialmente il grado di apprezzamento già abbastanza alto da lucidi; ma assumendo la giusta dose di alcol, all'ultima traccia sono sicuro vi ritroverete nella vostra stanza a scapocchiare da soli con soddisfazione.
Beh che dire, c'è un po' di tutto nel loro sound, a partire dalle chiare influenze trash (ci sono i primi Metallica, il buono dei Megadeth, un pizzico di Slayer e i controcanti degli Anthrax). Nel complesso il gruppo suona un ottimo metal finalmente vario di quelle qualità che ci spingono a sentire il disco dalla prima all'ultima traccia senza sbadigliare mai. Riffoni degni di nota, soli che hanno carattere, una sessione ritmica da 10 e finalmente una linea di basso che ha un'identità precisa. IL BASSO C'E' E SI SENTE!
Aprono il disco con un intro strumentale devastante, preludio di 9 brani che hanno insiti palesi riferimenti ben distribuiti nell'arco dei 35 minuti. Parlare dei singoli brani non ha senso laddove c'è un prodotto completo ed efficace, anche perché sarebbe scorretto distinguere un brano dall'altro o sottolinearne uno in particolare visto che tutti hanno differenti caratteristiche e soprattutto tutti hanno le giuste qualità per far parte di un bel disco. Posso unicamente fare un plauso al cantante che ha tecnica rabbia e tutto ciò che serve per sfondare nel trash.
E sono sicuro che a chiunque capita sottomano il loro disco viene la curiosità come è successo con me di andare a vederli dal vivo. Augurandogli di poter al più presto affacciarsi in Europa in qualche festival o tour vi consiglio gli Alcoholator, perché in futuro ne sentiremo sicuramente parlare.
Rating: 80/100
Metal Rules

There are some things in life that just go well when paired together, like peanut butter and chocolate, spaghetti and meatballs, or old school thrash and beer. Montreal's Alcoholator share a fondness for the magical brew (in case you couldn't tell by their name), as well as a fondness for 80's inspired ripping thrash, and the result of that union sounds just as good as you'd expect it to. The band's debut COMA harkens back to a time when riffs were mean and speed was king. Though not without its faults, COMA is the best kind of bender; the low points are kinda hazy, but the best parts of the night are stellar.
Alcoholator's brand of thrash has a definite smell of early Kreator and a hint of pre-REIGN Slayer, albeit with less spit n' polish. And though the band espouses its love of malted hops and barley, they do have a more serious side to their approach which lends the tunes some credibility. Stylistically, COMA is divided into two nations – whiplash speed and circle pit skankers.. It's the simplest kind of variety, but one that prevents a familiar formula from getting stale. COMA does a nice job of building some energy with the “Intoxication 101” intro, which then opens the door for the band's namesake track. The knuckle draggin' mosher “Catastrophic Violence” follows, but it's the album's best track, “Abduction” that shows just what these dudes can do. Between you and me, these first four tracks are the best on the album and merit checking these guys out.
The momentum hits a lull with a cover of Exciter's “Pounding Metal,” which while I'm sure it's an inspirational track for the band, it stunts the album's flow. It would've been better suited as an end of disc bonus track, so skip over it until the end of the album. But the ship rights itself with “Drink Beer or Die Trying” and the closing “Wasted All the Time” both of which reminded me of Gang Green's heaviest moments.
My only real grievance with COMA is with the lead guitars on the album. The core of the tunes are all pretty solid, but the lead work comes across as sloppy and inexperienced. It's a little issue that detracts from the otherwise positive work done by the band. If it's an intentional move - it's a poor creative decision. Otherwise, somebody needs to take a few lessons and step up their game.
Did I mention the album cover? Who would let a surgical team drink tall boys while working on a patient? Seriously though, it's a great throwback to those over the top album sleeves from back in the day. Alcoholator may not offer much in the way of variety, but what they do, they do very well. COMA is the kind of album that will have you cranking your speakers up to 10, pissing of your neighbors, and scaring your cats as you flail around your living room in metal induced madness. Or maybe that was just my experience. COMA is available now through EBM Records, check out Alcoholator's website for more info and some great stories from the road.

Rating: 3.5/5

Rock en Cuba

Estos jóvenes y borrachuzos thrashers con olor a Birras y Whisky proceden de Montreal, Canadá,  y surgieron de las cenizas de otra banda llamada: Abusor.

En este disco debut titulado simplemente "Coma", suponemos que sea un coma etílico jejeje, descubrimos una banda con un sonido thrash muy elaborado, con riffs de guitarras mas melódicos y solos asesinos. En su música podemos descubrir un montón de influencias, pero se nota que han estado incontables largas y frías noches canadienses escuchando Iron Maiden y Mercyful Fate.

Pero mirando más allá de la superficie, las influencias más profundas, que cubren un espectro más amplio desde la NWOBHM al thrash metal tradicional, hablo de bandas como: Raven, Judas Priest, Coroner, Megadeth o Sacrifice.

Alcoholator mezcla de manera casi única la velocidad y la técnica del  thrash ayudando a crear una marca muy particular dentro del meta, son fieles herederos de: S.O.D, Kreator, Exodus, Tankard, Razor, Slayer, D.R.I., Dekapitator, Demolition Hammer. Con la escucha iras notando la influencia de todas estas bandas, por ejemplo la parte fiestera y etílica va de parte de los Tankard a los que me recuerdan en mas de un riff, también tienen de Razor y Exodus, sobre todo las partes mas feroces y la velocidad de unos D.R.I. o unos devastadores Kreator. Hay otros buenos riff o como nosotros le llamábamos marchas muy potentes y pegadizas, de esas lentonas y ultra-pesadas que practicaban los S.O.D. de Billy Milano y compañía, ah (suspiro) que tiempos aquellos.

Supongo que sus también paisanos Exciter les habrán influido, tal es así que se atreven con una versión de "Pounding Metal" del disco "Violence and Terror" del ya lejano segundo disco de Exciter en 1984.

Corre ya al armario y saca tu chaqueta llena de parches, ponte tu jeans entubado, tus zapatillas altas, tu cinturón de balas, agarra una lata de cerveza o una botella de Whisky y sube al volumen para escuchar este disco.

Alcoholator son una banda muy a tener en cuenta y con su álbum debut "Coma" hará rodar algunas cabezas, sino ruedan al menos unos cuantos se quedaran con dolor en las cervicales.

La sugerente portada del disco esta a cargo del talentoso artista: Sean Fitzgerald (Extreme Noise Terror, Phobia, Coldwar, Raw Noise). Como muestra un video de la banda en directo.

Metallized
La scena metal canadese, nonostante abbia sempre sofferto l'inevitabile confronto con i vicini e fin troppo prolifici Stati Uniti, si è tuttavia guadagnata un posto d'onore per la presenza di band storiche quali Voivod , Annihilator , Exciter e, virando su lidi più estremi, Cryptopsy e Martyr . Logico pertanto che, al pari di quelle targate USA, anche le band del Canada si siano guadagnate, nel corso degli anni, una cerchia di fan devoti e, perché no, anche di aspiranti emuli. In questo modo, a maggior ragione considerando che siamo in un'epoca di vero e proprio revival del genere, stiamo assistendo ad una notevole proliferazione di giovani gruppi emergenti e fedeli al thrash, fra i quali gli Alcoholator , di cui ci occupiamo quest'oggi.

I nostri nuovi amici si sono formati nel 2010 a Montreal, nel Quebec, scegliendo il loro simpatico nome in omaggio...in omaggio...mah, davvero non saprei dire a cosa potrebbero alludere! Scherzi a parte, questi quattro canadesi annoverano fra le loro fila un chitarrista, Olivier Dagenais , che ha assunto il nome di battaglia (o meglio dire, di bevuta) Oli Whiskey ; è tutto un programma, no? Ed allora, magari in compagnia di un buon bicchiere della loro miscela preferita, date attentamente ascolto alla musica proposta dagli Alcoholator in questo loro Coma : vi troverete difatti, innanzitutto, una roboante intro strumentale in pieno stile thrash metal. Non è originale, questo non si può dire, ma si può in compenso affermare con sicurezza che è una vera mazzata sui denti da parte di tutti gli strumenti. A seguire abbiamo la traccia eponima del gruppo, che presenta nuovamente tutti i tipici cliché del genere, compreso il ritornello corale alla Anthrax e l'urlo sguaiato alla Tom Araya , ma oggettivamente funziona e coinvolge. Catastrophic Violence è un'altra buona traccia ma, nel complesso, risulta meno ispirata della precedente, forse per l'ulteriore riproposizione di ritornelli corali e trucchi vari del genere; fortunatamente la successiva Abduction varia leggermente la mistura, inserendo un cambio di tempo con relativa parte vocale parlata che sembra provenire direttamente da Rust in Peace dei Megadeth . Le successive tracce, bene o male, tornano a riproporre con notevole violenza e capacità tecnica i dettami del buon thrasher: chitarre sferzanti, batteria pestante (anche se a tratti i piatti vengono suonati a velocità più lenta di quella del brano, creando un effetto che non esiterei a definire strano, ma che comunque è interessante), voce graffiante e ritornelli potenti. Fanno eccezione l'interessante cover degli Exciter , Pounding Metal , riproposta pedissequamente senza particolari variazioni stilistiche e l'anthemica Drink Beer…Or Die Trying , leggermente più lenta rispetto alle altre tracce.

Gli Alcoholator sono tutti qui: questo loro debutto su full-length (a proposito, prima di questo album hanno pubblicato un EP intitolato Drunker Than Tou , omaggio manifesto sia all'alcool che ai Metallica ) presenta, come già detto, tutte le caratteristiche per piacere ad un appassionato di metal della Bay Area; intendiamoci, chiaramente può ascoltarlo con piacere anche un semplice fan del nostro amato metallo pesante, ma certamente renderà più felice un thrasher rispetto ad un sostenitore degli Iron Maiden . Detto questo, però, pur lodando nuovamente la notevole bravura, l'altrettanto interessante competenza tecnica e compositiva, nonché lo spirito allegro e non troppo serio della band, non posso non tenere in considerazione il fatto che questo prodotto, chiaramente, è fortemente derivativo. Si tratta dunque di un ottimo lavoro, che però aggiunge poco a quanto potete già sentire in giro da tantissimi altri gruppi.
Stereokiller

For a lot of folks these days, it seems that "new" and "thrash" are two words that just don't go well together. The New Wave of the past few years has brought about seemingly hundreds of bands trying their damnedest to emulate that '80s sound. It's one thing to pay homage to your old school favorites; but when you wear your influences so prominently on your sleeve, there's always the risk of sounding like a straight rip-off rather than a respectable throwback. And sometimes the attempt is just plain bad. While this pitfall has claimed more than a few up and comers, Montreal's Alcoholator don't appear to be among those afflicted. And with their first full-length, Coma , the Canadians have put together a fun and nostalgic speed trip that references many old school favorites.

The dudes get your attention right away with a short instrumental introduction to the album titled "Intoxication 101." While I don't find much use for instrumentals in this style, the song is a good primer of what's to come. I was immediately reminded of older Toxic Holocaust but with a fiercer attack and more intensity. Up next is "Alcoholator," the shortest song of the album, clocking in 2'37". It's a straight speed metal assault that gets right to the point with some catchy riffs and gang shouts that sets the mood for a beer guzzling good time. Lead singer and guitarist Matt Butcher's throaty shrieks are right at home here and help pull together the old school touches. Songs like "Catastrophic Violence" turn the speed dial down a notch, starting off with a slow Grave-sounding groove before turning the heat back on with a section that should have everyone in earshot circle pitting. Rather than going back and repeating the same riff over and over, the song continues to evolve from there. And it's that kind of memorable songwriting that keeps this album fresh after multiple listens. It's the same kind of songwriting that makes Agent Orange or Bonded by Blood kick just as much ass today as the first time you ever heard them.

Alcoholator's brand is a strong familiar sound that stands out among other New Wave thrash bands. Both the music and production of Coma stay fairly true to the days of old. In an age where so many records (especially new ones in this genre) are just too clean and neat, these Canadians keep it simple. The lack of overprocessing gives the album a great sound that's both raw and sharp but also very clear. Guitars have that perfect crunch that cuts right through and the bass has a nice thick presence that fills it out well. And Alcoholator's drummer does his part too, keeping things interesting with lots of fills and speed changes that carry the songs well.

One look at these guys and some of the song titles and you know what they're about... beer, partying, and a general desire to drink yourself into oblivion. Yeah, Alcoholator definitely likes to have a good time, but they also bring a seriousness and focus to their sound that a lot of 'nu-thrash' bands seem to overlook. Songs like “Abduction” and “The Chamber” are perfect examples, chock-full of blazing riffs and competent leads.

So while Coma might not be the second coming of thrash Jesus, it's certainly more than a paint by numbers effort. Instead this debut is a fun, fast and furious trek through the thrash of yesteryear. So before you go straight to the Municipal Waste on your next drinking binge with buddies, try the Alcoholator first. You'll like what you hear.

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