JULY 12th 2015

Review by Anka

The modern thrash scene is pretty scarce at this time. There is an attempted revival happening, a few young thrash bands reclaiming the old-school sound but struggling with metal masses inability to accept anything past Slayer.  And then there are even less new bands pushing the genre to other directions and becoming good at it. Enter Titans Eve. Here in Canada, they don’t need much of an introduction, and having toured Europe and North America, their name has been mentioned around at least once at some point. But it can be said that Titans Eve is one of the up and coming Canadian bands that will claim a slice of the new thrash movement. Hailing from the ever growing Vancouver metal scene, they have maintained a consistent presence, so far releasing three killer albums which showcase a unique brand of thrash metal that sounds both crushing and melodic.

I was one of the lucky ones to hear the new album “Chasing the Devil” during the pre-release listening party right at the Warehouse Studios where it was recorded. I hate listening to it on my speakers now, guess my sound equipment can’t equal that, but this will do for now, as I can still relate to how it felt to hear it for the first time. I would start by saying this album is the step forward after the first two albums “Life Apocalypse” and “The Divine Equal”… with maybe a more refined sound, and more catchy melodic stints in favor of rougher thrash riffs.  What makes Titans Eve unique, and it’s even more obvious on this album, is their ability to sound heavy without abusing distortion while maintaining a whole load of melody through guitars and bass. There’s the solid thrash foundation on which influences from NWOBHM to doom and even classic rock are weaved in and take the overall sound at a whole new level. It’s a fresh perspective and for me personally a praiseworthy effort – since good melodies are rare to find lately.

From the very first note to the last it’s all an intense, fast-paced marathon of punchy rhythms, speed riffing and ultra-melodic leads. Choruses are dominated by shouted choirs which exude the fierceness characteristic to the 80s rock and metal anthems.  And yet this is a quite easy, smooth listen that boasts the grooves of classic rock (“Chasing the Devil”) and the heavy riffage of thrash metal (“War Path”). “No Kingdom” is also a beast of a song – it hits hard and possesses a timeless quality so much that it could become a classic at any time. You will tap your feet, bang your head, play air drums and end up pumping fists in the air. There is only one opportunity to catch your breath:  “Stranded” is that acoustic instrumental song that adds a new dimension to the dark atmosphere and makes a nice break in the tumultuous rhythm of the whole album. A rather introspective piece with cello and keyboards that will make you forget you are listening to a metal album for a few minutes.  If anything, it reaffirms the Titans’ song-writing talent and again, their versatility in navigating through genres and influences.

Crunchy thrash riffs, brilliant dual guitars and anthemic choruses -“Chasing the Devil” is a straightforward album with quality writing that could be appealing to a quite diverse crowd. With its fresh approach to thrash it also scores big entertainment points and might make a few reluctant fans party their way into modern melodic thrash.