Psychotron- Lethal Paralysis


Psychotron  yet another  band  from  Bangladesh but this time it’s not basement metal, in fact they play a  refreshing  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  their  2016  EP  “Lethal  Paralysis”  is a very  heavy,  aggressive  and  melodic mother fucker.

Intense  blast  beats are the first thing you hear, and I was hit almost  a  few  seconds  later by a wave of pure aggressive thrash; but all  of  the  musical  instruments are clear, which is something rare these days. The  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80’s Bay Area thrash  metal  but  the guttural  vocals are more  aggressive, reminiscent of Possessed.

However, this isn’t just a simple no frills thrash homage.  The  vocals  utilize  melodic  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads at times give a more  melodic  style  of  old  school  thrash.  They even inject a bit of the traditional spoken  word  trope that came to thrash near the end of the 80s, for brief intervals throughout the album. There’s a lot of mixing going on and variety.  Something I didn’t expect  there’s a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  grooves that flow into fast tearing riffs  and an almost Burtonesque bass  guitar  leads. Though the album remains true to its influences and styles it never truly disappoints in anyway.

Psychotron  plays the classic era style of  thrash  metal  and you can tell it’s  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80’s  traditions, including the production style, but the album  also  bringing  back a more aggressive and at times a more  melodic  take  on  the genre  than  some  of  the  current  bands in play don’t bring to the table.  You can easily hear the East coast spilling over to Bangladesh; and one must keep in mind Bangladesh is a country full of censorship and corruption, and probably ranked up with Somalia for military coups totally 28 military coups in the nation’s history.

They deliver a grim and dark lyrical style with a heavy thrash tone that’s both aggressive and original, riding the fine line between complete cloning of the east coast and to some extent the German scene and innovating their sound with more melodic takes. I never thought I’d say this…. but you know I actually like this album. I like it a lot.

-Allynd Dudnikov-Venalainen


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