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3000 AD

The Void

Review by Gary Hill

This band is being promoted as a thrash metal act but with a crossover edge. If that crossover means to punk and particularly hardcore, I would agree. There is a lot of hardcore punk in the mix here. This does earn some parental advisories. It also rocks from start to finish. Whatever you call them, this New Zealand based act has produced a powerhouse album.

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Track by Track Review
3000AD
They waste no time, bringing this in with a fierce and driving metal texture. The vocals have some thrash meets punk approach at times. Overall, though, this is dark, thrashy metal. There is a particularly pacey, hardcore punk like movement at the end of the piece.
Cells
That hardcore element is on display as this thing fires out. Sure, there is plenty of thrash here, as well, but those two genres were always closely related. This is mean, driving and a real powerhouse.
The Network
This opens a bit slower and more melodic. It's still rocking like crazy with some real crunch, though. It just leans more toward the old-school metal end of the spectrum. They take it closer to the thrash side of things from the entrance of the vocals, but it's still restrained compared to the first couple numbers.
Who's Watching
This one comes in more melodic and mellow. It feels like a mellower early Metallica piece. Then, before the one-minute mark it fires out into some seriously fierce metal. That sound feels even more hard-edged because it follows the mellower stuff. The early Metallica reference still works here. The vocals bring something punkier to the proceedings. This really becomes a powerhouse thrasher.
These Fires
Dark, thrashing and heavy, this is classy metal with a real old-school sound. There is a definite NWOBHM vibe to this to some degree. It's another fierce stomper on a disc with plenty of fierce stompers. The section that drops down to just the rhythm section does have a little of that hardcore element.
The World We Knew
Another screaming hot stomper, this is definitely closer to the hardcore end of the spectrum. There is nothing subtle about this. It's driving, angry and fierce. I love the guitar solo on this. It has some great melodic elements and even brings a bit of a world music thing, despite its short length.
Journeys
Coming in more melodic, but every bit as metallic, this works into another section to make its way to something more like the song proper. That said, it continues twisting and turning. This is another that definitely calls to mind early Metallica.
Born Under a Black Sun
This comes in slow, and a bit plodding, but very heavy. It gets thrashier as it continues. The closing song really is another that's Metallica-like (think Ride the Lightning era). It's also a powerhouse instrumental piece.
 
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