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RAPED APE

Land Of Broken Promises

(Divebomb)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 8.0

Remember RAPED APE? Known entirely for their insane band name being printed in Metal Maniacs back in the day, they changed their name to PAINGOD (remember Paingod? No?) and put out one album on Century Media back in 1997. Raped Ape (haha, say it out loud, it's insane!) never put out a proper full-length, but did record enough decent material for the very cool Divebomb Records to put out this exhaustive double CD. And if early thrash is yer bag, check it: 'Return To Nothing' is METALLICA-level dramatic thrash, while cuts like 'Shrouded In Darkness' just firmly establish what everyone suspected but never bothered to investigate all along: these guys are good, solid, second-tier thrash. Sure, they were in need of a producer to tell them to make the songs a bit shorter and catchier, but aside from that, this is quite good stuff. The biggest reference point might be SACRED REICH, which is the first time I've ever said that, but tracks like 'Hypothermia' bear more than a little resemblance to those masters of the second tier. Raped Ape are more like the American XENTRIX, though. No matter how good they are, there's this certain something hanging over the tunes preventing any kind of mass pop culture awakening or even minor thrash metal rippling to ever really happen. Still, I'm happy this collection exists, and thrash completists will be, too. Just be warned: this thing is as long as the day (and the worse the recording quality, the less enjoyable it is to listen to), so take it in a few sittings.



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