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WHIPLASH "Unborn again"

WHIPLASH \"Unborn again\"
Unsung heroes of thrash from the New York scene, Whiplash have not gained a particularly wide audience, but like brethren Overkill, still produce some of the best thrash out there. Whiplash are not goofballs, and are still going strong. Recorded in 2009, guitarist Tony Porcaro shows he was still in fine mettle, playing like a demon and expanding the Whiplash template to include some more mid tempo moments mixed in with the furious thrash they were experts at, especially on the underground favorite "Ticket To Mayhem", still one of thrash's greatest albums that damn near crosses the line into death metal, so intense this slab of maniacal yet precise onslaught. In a fair world, Whiplash would be at least as well known as Overkill, and "Ticket to Mayhem" would be considered a legendary album in the same breath as "Master of Puppets" or "Reign In Blood". So, "Unborn Again" is not a remake of that album, first off. It's still angry as hell, and Porcaro's guitar playing has grown with time. We even get bits of acoustic material, an instrumental, and a thrash beat near CD's end that is one of the fastest guitar around. The sound is great and this album smokes. Period.
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