As I'm sure you've guessed by this point, Annexed Asylum's sound is rooted in old-school Thrash. Each of the six songs on the EP overflows with meaty riffs, wild solos, and spastic beats - a treat for any genre fan. Combustion isn't merely a tribute album, however. One reason the album stands on its own is frontman Andrew's versatile voice. Throughout the disc he alters his delivery style, from throaty Death Metal growls to straightforward Thrashy shouts to clean singing that reminds me a bit of Layne Staley. "Censor Controlled" features Andrew belting out some raspy, almost Black Metal-ish snarls to go along with Mark's virtual wall of cymbal smashing as Johnny and Tim lay down some of the most sinister riffs on the EP. The title track, with its cornucopia of heavy riffing and the most solid solo of the album, ranks as my favorite track. That being said, the Flea-inspired bass intro on "Six Years in Hell" makes the closing track a highlight as well.
Even though just six songs deep, Combustion contains enough variety to please both old-school purists and modern Thrash advocates. Annexed Asylum has managed to successfully blend traditional influences with contemporary elements in a way that does justice to both schools of thought, and is a band that anyone with an affinity for Thrash should pay attention to.
|2||World of Decay||3:33|
|6||Six Years in Hell||4:19|