Koen W. : A good beginning, is half the work, is not really applicable to this Spanish band. With involvement in bands like Dark Moor, Avulsed and a host of others, there was already a lot of experience. Already in 2004, vocalist Dave Rotten took the initiative to establish Holycide. He wanted a band that did absolutely nothing of concessions to commercialism and where aggression was paramount. They wanted to go back to the essence of thrash metal. The agony to form a solid band started and it took until 2014 when there was a full complement of five. A little later the EP Toxic Mutation was released.
After a crowd funding campaign to find the necessary euro’s for the recording and other costs, there is now finally their first album. There was even money to hire Andrei Bouzikov (see also Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust and Skeletonwitch). His artwork with an apocalyptic battlefield where on the foreground a mutilated terminator thoroughly fires in the destruction, let no doubt rise. This is a full-blooded thrash album. There is played fast and aggressive. Dave Rotten spits and growls his lyrics but does so with clean vocals. Only in the furious closing track 'Back And Forth’ you can hear some grunting between the clean singing lines. He is assisted by hard polyphonic chorus vocals on most songs. So this feels really good. It even gets a punk attitude. ‘Annihilate ... Then Ask! ' and 'Human's Last Dawn’ sound very fanatical. In ‘Leather Spikes & Chains Blood’ there is played slightly slower. The music gets a somewhat soggy rhythm which reminds me a bit at Obituary. It isn’t all that special, but the thrash fans will surely dig it.