Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dusting Off a Cassette Pt. 51: Wrathchild America: 3-D

Quite the trippy album cover, huh?

I have not done one of these in a long time. I recently picked up this album from a used record store. Having half-remembered some comments about Wrathchild America being a decent band, and it being fairly cheap, I bought it.

Wrathchild America is a largely forgotten band and that is a shame. They were around for a long time, but only really started attracting notice with the release of their debut album 1989, toward the end of the rein of thrash metal in the American mainstream. This album was released in 1991 and it was not much longer before metal got kicked back to the underground and many bands were forgotten. Wrathchild America falls into this category despite renaming themselves and continuing under the name Souls at Zero for a few more years.

As you might have guessed from the above discussion, Wrathchild America is a thrash metal band. They named themselves after the Iron Maiden track "Wrathchild" and then added the America part to avoid being confused with another band by the same name. Wrathchild America is more than just a straightforward thrash metal band though. They experimented with a lot of progressive structures and other non-metal elements in crafting this album. The band utilized elements of hard rock, funk, and jazz into their thrash metal foundation. It was an interesting collection of influences but would not prevent the band from fading into obscurity like so many others.

This is a grower. It's pretty unique but it was just released at the wrong time so Wrathchild America is barely remembered today.

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