Nima : The debut album ‘Thermonuclear Epiphany’ from Perpetratör, featuring (ex-)members of a.o. Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, Omission and Ironsword, was a quite pleasant album, in my opinion. Four years after debut the Portuguese thrashers strikes again. On ‘Altered Beast’ the gentlemen use the same formula and have delivered a bunch of aggressive, old-school thrashers, in which the inspiration mainly comes from the German colleagues. Especially the name Destruction is dominating here and the spirit of Schmier and co. is quite obviously present in the riffs and the voice/singing style of bassist/vocalist Rick Thor. But that is not disturbing whatsoever, because despite the lack of originality the band remains convincing from start to finish.
Already from the first tones of the sturdy opening track, ‘Altar of the Skull’ the music grabs you by the throat, needs no effort to put your neck to work and hardly gives you a chance to breathe on the following 38 minutes. Don’t get me wrong though, because despite the fact that the pace is kept high in general, the gentlemen do provide the necessary variety. In the more technical pieces for example they remind of Megadeth and Annihilator, while there are also plenty of influences from the traditional heavy and speed metal regions. But no matter what, they do keep the flow going and the spontaneity and the intensity is kept intact at all times. Therefore the total picture sound quite aggressive. Think of the energy that bands such as Legion Of The Damned, Dew-Scented, Sodom and of course Destruction radiate and you may get an idea of what you can expect. Thanks to the good production the whole thing comes into its own well, and finally I personally find the cover artwork cool as well. Shortly put; a great thrasher that serves the fans of the genre right. Along with the original compositions we also get a cool cover version of ‘Black Sacristy’ by Pontius Prophet, the post-Agent Steel band from John Cyriis. On this track we also hear great guest vocals from Deadlyforce vocalist Flávio Lino.