Koen B. : About two years after their ‘Raise Chaos’ live album, Irreverence returns with a sophomore release entitled ‘Still Burns’, which is their fifth full-length studio album to date. Their 2014 album ‘Shreds Of Humanity’ had some Kreator (‘Terrible Certainty’-era) and Overkill (‘Under The Influence’-era) touches, but on their newest opus, the band dug deeper into the roots of thrash metal. The early Teutonic thrash scene (Kreator, Sodom, Backwater) must have been a huge inspiration, but also the premature Italian (Necrodeath) and Brazilian (Sepultura, Sarcofago) scenes.
This means ‘Still Burns’ has become a more dark and primitive album than its predecessor, but production wise with today’s technology. The CD has become a very good one, but what’s missing here are songs that stand out within the overcrowded thrash metal scene. Don’t get me wrong, I adore this kind of thrash but commercially, ‘Still Burns’ is a complete gamble. If you adore thrash metal that’s primeval, rough and raw, Irreverence is an act you definitely should check out. I sure hope the Italian band will come over to do some gigs and t(h)rash the fuckin’ place!