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Vicious Nightmare

Vicious Nightmare by Strikemaster
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Metalhit.Com
Swiping moves from every '80s speed-metal also-ran you've long forgotten, this unusually accented Mexico City thrash squad gives it their all, though not so you can tell many songs apart -- give or take the instrumental intro and outro, the latter of which wields an off-balance concentricity suggesting a police siren dueting with a child's music box. "The Way To Na Trang," apparently about Vietnam, at least adds martial drums, a bugle call followed by "chaaarge!!" and a murderous pep-rally cheer. And now and then -- most notably in "Inflexible Steel" -- some comely shredding occurs.
CHUCK EDDY