Lost Society – Terror Hungry
Release Date: April 1, 2014 (US)
When you’re living in an age where every one out of three or four bands choose their genre as thrash metal, your band has to live up-to the mark; basically you have to be a promising act. Now there are guys who experiment and there are guys who stick to the “old-school” trend (never really understood that term). The Finnish based thrash metal band Lost Society to some extent belong to the latter category. I had come across their debut album Fast Loud Death and was wondering if these guys were the “real deal.” After listening to the album, one thing was clear: They are a bunch of pubescent Finnish fellows, with the testicles and technicality of established veterans.
There are so many people who claim that great thrash metal bands died in late 80’s and early 90’s. After a decade and a half, there was a rebirth of thrash metal with bands like Violator, Warbringer, Gama Bomb, Suicidal Angels, etc., showing people that thrash is still a viable force in metal. Following the same path, Lost Society made things pretty clear with their debut album and now with their new album Terror Hungry, there is little question, the band’s main focus has always been to produce a 100% pure aggressive, in-your-face traditional thrash metal album.
Tracks like “Game Over”, “Lethal Pleasure”, “Tyrant Takeover” and “Terror Hungry” are all about grooves, grooves, and more flakkin’ grooves! You can easily hear the insane guitar playing style of frontman Samy Elbanna and Arttu Lesonen from all the fretboard wizardry they employ. There are moments in this album where the songs start off with an attention-grabbing series of epic drum beats by Ossi Paananen that steadily increase in volume and eventually culminate into a frantic bombardment of energetic riffs by Samy and Arttu. In fact, this comes very close to taking you to the realm that comprises the maturity and growth of a band, as it is very rare that a band successfully executes what was expected from them.
Tracks like “Attaxic” and “F.F.E.” contain some pure thrashy riffs, which would be the perfect for their butchery. The listeners would cherish the darker atmosphere present in songs like “Thrashed Reality” and “Brewtal Awakening”. Mirko Lehtinen’s bass lines on this album are impeccable. Unlike a conventional thrash record, the bass is very much audible and the walloping bass lines on the songs enrich the dynamics of the album. The record also displays insane work on drums, with lightning fast double bass and escalating runs. Ossi pounds our skull hard every time he hits the snare. The duo of Samy and Arttu come up with series of searing solos, rapid tempo changes and fast transitions between riffing and insanely killer solos. LIkewise, the cover art really fits the theme of the album as it has a darker feel to it.
In conclusion, Terror Hungry is the sound of a band that is out to prove that it can be among thrash metal’s elite. The goose in this golden gander of thrash metal mayhem is the riffing. Each and every single note is brutally mellifluous, sending chills down one’s spine and forcefully engaging the listener in the heavy metal proclivities of headbanging and screaming while subjecting the throat to the sweet, yet malevolent essence of alcohol. The album is brilliant and it is hard to fathom that such a work of staggering genius came from a bunch of adolescents who have mastered their respective instruments while their comrades and seniors are struggling to play one song in its entirety. Look out, this one is FASTER, LOUDER and they’re more pissed off than ever!
P.S.: Have a look at cover art, the dude holding the bloody machete is definitely terror hungry!