England is not known for Thrash Metal. Sabbat and Xentrix made inroads in the global scene in the late 1980s, but it took Huddersfield’s Evile to put the country at the epicentre of the genre for a short time with their 2007 Thrash revival classic, Enter the Grave. In the wake of Sylosis returning from their hiatus, you can now add southeast England’s Must Kill to the list of candidates hoping to carry the succession torch.
There is no doubt Ghost Malevolent is a beast of a record. It may only be a four-track EP, but these guys sound like they’ve isolated themselves in a rehearsal studio for five years and emerged as the UK’s tightest outfit. The title-track evokes early 90s Sepultura with its pummelling drum work and ultra-fast guitar picking. But this is no homage to Thrash; this is a modern twist with Chuck Schuldiner–esque vocals and the technicality of Death’s finest work. Follow up, ‘One Face Fits All’, has no let up with its nod to vintage Megadeth and some heroic lead work from Darryl Cooper at the close.
You get to ‘Septicity’ with one question in mind. Can they keep it up? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Frontman, Dan Pool, delivers another bruising vocal performance straight out of the Devin Townsend playbook while the band explore harmonic minor scales and throw in some crunchy downstrokes to keep you head banging. By the time we reach closer, ‘Your Last Breath’, Must Kill have already convinced you they’re the future of UK Metal. This song is five minutes of anthemic hate for air guitarists around the world. Drummer James Bell and bassist John Otter do a stellar job in coordinating the rhythms behind the guitar prowess while Dan Pool delves into Obituary territory in the middle eight with a bark that gives John Tardy a run for his beer money.
Technical proficiency is a given in today’s Metal scene. But Must Kill have the tunes as well as the chops. Nuclear Blast and Century Media should pay attention.
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Record Label: Self Released
Standout tracks: Ghost Malevolent, Septicity
Suggested Further Listening: Sepultura – Arise (1991), Death – The Sound of Perseverance (1998), Evile – Enter the Grave (2007)