Nima : After a two-decade hiatus Spanish thrashers Fuck Off returned with their comeback album, ‘Smile As You Kill’, last month. In 1988 and 1990 the band delivered two reasonable thrashers, with the typical sound of that era. Although those albums definitely showed potential, they weren’t exactly high-flyers and the band couldn’t match the competition of that time. In 2010 Fuck Off was brought back to life. But yeah, nowadays the competition is not only not smaller, but with the comeback of old-school metal in general it’s bigger than ever. Will the band manage to make its presence more noticed anno 2013? Yes and no! Yes, because the interest and demand in the type of old-school thrash n’ roll that Fuck Off delivers is big nowadays, and the diehards will definitely appreciate it. The album sounds like a logical continuation of the first two records and it seems as if the past two decades have never existed for these men. The sturdy thrash in the vein of Minotaur, Wolf Spider, Mekong Delta, Deathrow, Astharoth and co. with a flirt towards crossover and metal n’ roll in general hits the right spot and gets to you in general, and on top of that it’s all outmost metal!
And then the no part: nowadays there are countless other bands in this genre that do the same trick a lot better. Especially the spontaneity of bands such as Municipal Waste, Dr. Living Dead, Havok, Game Over, Violator and other colleague thrashers is missing here. And although the compositions are much stronger than the previous works, the songs still don’t have the necessary means to make a lasting impression. Altogether ‘Smile As You Kill’ is definitely a pleasant thrasher and ensures sonic pleasures. But unfortunately no more than the average. As mentioned, diehard thrashers will however appreciate this record.