Dennis : Two months ago these four thrashers from St. Louis released a teaser for their upcoming new album. The single 'Cloak of Lies' was released and at the same time the band released a videoclip for this song. Right now Black Fast is ready to unleash their third full length studio album 'Spectre of Ruin' on mankind and I don’t think these guys believe in superstitions since they release their album on Friday the 13th.
'Cloak of Lies' is also the opening track of 'Spectre of Ruin' and I have to say the songs starts pretty abruptly, the song does not build up, but instead it seems they start in the middle of the song. During my first listening session I really had to start this song/album all over from the beginning to make sure I had not missed the beginning. But there really isn’t a beginning to this album. The nine thrash metal songs on this album are full of progressive and avant-garde-like elements and I think making comparisons to bands like Coroner, Voivod or Vektor is not strange; Black Fast mixes melodic death metal with progressive neo-thrash metal and due to the raw and harsh vocals of Aaron Akin, Black Fast even sounds a little bit black-thrashy. 'Spectre of Ruin' was recorded, just like their last album 'Terms of Surrender', with producer and Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan in his Mana Recording Studio and production wise Rutan does not lets us down. When it comes down to the compositions though, I have to say that 'Spectre of Ruin' becomes a little bit monotonous after a while and I get bored with the songs. It’s too much of the same rhythms and riffs and too little memorable parts to call 'Spectre of Ruin' a great album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fine record to listen to, but in the long run I don’t think 'Spectre of Ruin' is going to end up in your 'best album of the year'-list because it isn’t memorable enough.