Suppressive Fire – Nature of War (Review)

Suppressive FireSuppressive Fire are a death/thrash metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Shockingly hot on the heels of this year’s debut album Bedlam, it’s clear that Suppressive Fire are a hungry, ambitious lot, and rather than rest on their laurels, (Bedlam was quite the corker), they’ve seemingly just rushed back into the studio to produce their second album already.

Phew. No rest for the wicked.

On Nature of War the band continue their mix of death and thrash metal, (with a touch of a blackened influence), combining the aggression of the Teutonic thrash metal scene with that of the old-school death metal one. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about their debut album was the no-nonsense approach to aggressive delivery, and the fact that the thrash side of their sound was treated with respect and none of the retro/humorous nonsense that seems to have infected so much of thrash metal over the last however-many-years.

Featuring eight tracks across 40 minutes, in some ways the album is a leaner beast than their debut, but in others the band have also expanded; quite literally as they have transitioned from a three-piece to a four-piece. Also, the average song length is longer and the addition of another guitarist has, of course, allowed them a fuller sound that sees them exploring their music a lot more and going further than Bedlam did. One song on here is even almost 9 minutes long, (the magnificently titled Dreaded Bastards).

Yes, Suppressive Fire have progressed. They have kept the best parts of their furious debut album, but on Nature of War they’ve taken everything to its aggressive next level. The added musician, as well as a lineup change in addition to this, has resulted in an album that’s slicker and meaner than their debut, but also rawer and nastier too.

The songwriting on their debut album showed a band that knew what they were doing; on Nature of War this is even more apparent and further developed. These songs are advanced-level amalgamations of thrash metal and death metal, taking the best from both genres to create a kick-ass album that rips, tears and shreds so hard it’s a sheer joy to listen to.

I know I keep comparing this to Bedlam, but their debut was seriously impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What they’ve done with Nature of War though is incredibly pleasing as they’ve taken their already highly realised sound and improved upon it. Nature of War is a firm hit.

Make sure you check this out as a priority, lest the wolves eat you.

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