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Hatchery - 2010 Forced To Fight

ARTIST: Hatchery
ALBUM: Forced To Fight
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Christian Muller - vocals * Nils Nortmeyer - guitar * Matthias Ruoff - guitar * Ronald Senft - bass * Ruben 'Thunderstick' Andre - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Genocide * 02 Little Brother * 03 Under One Flag * 04 We Are The Disease * 05 Forced To Fight * 06 Nothing * 07 Song 2.0 * 08 Thrash Metal Union * 09 Tongues Of Decay * 10 Final Escape



For those of you stuck in an 80's thrash timewarp, the current slew of bands revisiting that era must be highly enjoyable. It's been years since I took any notice myself, but now that I have I'm almost in disbelief at the amount of thrash bands still conjuring up new material in the 80's tradition. Hatchery are one of these, a German act who've been around for seven years, with this their second full length album. It's all here, denim and leather, bullet belts, Z grade production, speed of light riffs and crude vocals. It's all been heard before, but Hatchery use their influences well, coming off more inspired than the hundreds of similar acts reliving 1986.

The Songs
Hatchery take their cues from the usual 80's legends, with traces of fellow German thrashers Sodom and Kreator all over the place. Muller's vocals are almost identical to Kreator's Mille Petrozza and has come in for some criticism from thrash reviewers on the web. It doesn't sound that appalling to me, the real strength is the music and dated concepts. Titles like 'Thrash Metal Union' sum up the album, galloping ahead full steam and to me more enjoyable than recent efforts from worn out acts like Slayer and Megadeth. Where that lot have lost their urgency, Hatchery find it by sticking to the one ideal that makes thrash unique - speed. The opening 40 seconds of 'Tongues Of Decay' shred like nobody's business and it's headbangers heaven. You can't buy this type of heaviness. 'Genocide' is of the same caliber and is a good Overkill rip off. The drums hit hard, but it's the guitar work which takes all the honors for me. Total annihilation, which is all you really want. Every track features these ingredients, making it a consistent listen.

In Summary
With so many bands plundering this style Hatchery might be lost in limbo for a long time, but as long as they stick to their guns then they might be in with a shot. Really convincing brutal thrash is hard to master, you either have it or you don't and Hatchery have it. Even the artwork has the charisma of the 80's, with the well worn theme of war and decay. An acquired taste perhaps, but those hankering for some quality heavy metal this isn't bad at all.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 28 2010 14:37:10
Aah, the album cover brings back memories of all those tacky Mike Varney inspired Shrapnel releases. Anyone remember all those Soldier inspired US Metal releases? I, II, III and IV? haha.. guns
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