St. Paul, Minnesot'as True Metal Record Store (RIP as of Dec. 24, 2015)
For anybody thrash-minded who enjoys a bit of mania REALM should be right in your wheelhouse. The technical skill is immense and awe-inspiring, but even a quick casual listen should prove REALM had the songwriting chops to keep things grounded and recognizable for subsequent plays. No part of the performance here gets away easy. Add an awesomely spacious and gripping production, great cover art and some occasional, strangely Christian lyrics and the deal is sealed on REALM’s special place in the pre-death metal world of developed, heavy metal-influenced thrash. A galloping and intensely listenable cover of THE BEATLES “Eleanor Rigby” ties an oddly fitting bow to this unique package.
[Sorry blokes — title track replaces the whole album since somebody had it yanked down. Chase down the rest on YouTube, you won’t regret it]
Like their brothers-in-manic-screech-thrash TOXIK from New Jersey, REALM seem to be victims of Roadrunner Records’ short attention spans, which first turned to the death metal cash cow of the late 1980s/early 1990s and then to much more luridly commercial worlds quickly thereafter. Thankfully we know Metal Blade has at least some of the old Roadrunner catalog for old vinyl, so…maybe? Enjoy this stream and keep that candle burning for a surprise reissue in the near future.
Don’t forget to check out HELSTAR for a similarly technical take on the speed-thrash spectrum, either.
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