First things first, this isn’t a post “hero worshipping” Ubuntu / Canonical legend Jono Bacon. Whilst I undoubtedly admire Mr Bacon’s talents, be it Ubuntu or musically, I truly do think “Nightmares by Design” is AWESOME!
Pushing nearly 40 years old, I grew up loving “thrash metal” music! I listened religiously to, be it recorded or live gigs, to Metallica, Megadeth, Testament and Pantera to name but a few. I was engulfed by the power of the music! After foraying into the music world myself, fronting a semi-successful punk metal band, I realised that there were certain souls who were just BETTER at making music than me, and who should be worthy of wider attention. Severed Fifth fit into that category.
In the days where musicians aim to gain stardom via TV shows such as X Factor (of which I must admit, I’m a bit of a fan), it’s hard for bands to make a breakthrough, especially when you’re a “thrash metal” band! OK, Slipknot and System Of A Down have achieved multi-wide recognition, but that’s certainly not without a huge slice of luck! Incidentally, both bands had huge underground followings before breaking it commercially.
So it was a great pleasure for me to hear Severed Fifth released an album of pure, authentic “thrash metal”. Sticking to what they (Mr Bacon) believe in and producing a real monster of a rock record! 11 killer tracks of pure metal, which for me, follows on from where Pantera left off and Slipknot sometimes go, is a full on, head-banging album, seriously worth international attention!