Not long ago I got a chance to hear Lich King's "Toxic Zombie Onslaught" and was absolutely floored by its thrash perfection. You have no idea how cool it was for an oldschooler such as myself to hear a fresh thrash offering which didn't seem like a rehash of what I've been listening to for 27 years or blatantly kissing trendy metal ass...it was undeniably the thrash I grew up on, but it was distinctively Lich King; no post-Burton Metallica worshiping here folks! And, now that I've got my hands on their last release "World Gone Dead", I have to say that these guys just keep shredding! I have to admit, that this release is well over a year old, but as I had mentioned before, I have just ran into this band...and am damned stoked to have stumbled across 'em!
There really isn't much more I can say to better describe Lich King's style of Thrash which I hadn't stated in my review of "Toxic Zombie Onslaught" other than that from the first note, you will find it almost impossible to keep from banging your head to "World Gone Dead" 'cause it's chock full of tasty moshable tempos and crunchy guitars galore!
Lich King is one band which is pure thrash metal, keeping the formula to their music firmly rooted in the oldschool; too many "Thrash" bands nowadays have seemed to have forgotten what makes Thrash Metal great, relying too much on pure blast beat speed in lieu of a healthy mix of velocity, rhythm, killer changes, insane hooks, anthemic choruses, and perfectly placed, short, face melting leads. Lich King's sound on the other hand, clearly attests to the fact that, though they have been astute pupils of those who came before (especially the Bay Area school); they are certainly unique unto themselves.
"Act of War", "Storm of Swords", "Terror Consumes", "Aggressive Perfector" "Lich King III (World Gone Dead)" are just some of the highlights to this sick offering which demonstrates that Lich King continues to be one hell of a tight unit; pit rhythms, smoking lead string work, metal as fuck vocals (those high notes remind me of the Teutonic style) and cans being punished at high caliber automated gunfire speed...Thrash at its finest.
Perhaps the best compliment I can give Lich King is that I am really looking forward to this band's upcoming release; so far I've gotten to hear two albums and both of them kick ass, are playable over and over and differ from one another enough to keep my interest sparked on what's coming next.
If you're a connoisseur of Thrash Metal and haven't heard of Lich King yet, you had best get on the ball, 'cause these guys will make you one happy camper!