Shallow Ground – Embrace the Fury



Old school thrash metal from Connecticut. This is the second release of this band. The music indeed makes you think of the late eighties, especially of the Bay Area thrash. Besides thrash, I would also mention speed metal as an influence. The riffs are edgy and crunchy and the gang shoutings also remind of the good old thrash/speed times. Like in the examples, there are enough melodic solos in the songs and what makes the album even more interesting is the variety in speed. Not every song is fast from start to finish, but some nice mid-tempo heavy pieces bring in the welcomed variety. Only the short instrumental “Eye Of the Storm” could be skipped. Perhaps they only added it because the next song then sounds heavier again. The vocals fit perfectly to the music and are understandable, raspy and aggressive.

If you are into early Exodus, Metallica, Testament, Artillery, Forbidden or more modern bands such as Havok and Harlott, you have to check this out!


01. Once Again
02. Khan
03. Brace For Impact
04. Human Flame
05. Eye Of the Storm
06. F.I.U.
07. Class Warfare
08. Looking Glass
09. Slayer Of the Gods

Playing time: 43:00

Release date: 13 November, 2015

Label: Killer Metal


About Reinier de Vries 188 Articles
Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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