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CORONER \"R.I.P.\" [RARE!!!]

Some of the best speed/thrash metal you'll hear, bar none; Coroner's first album displays them adopting an entirely different style from their introductory demo and also showcases one of the few tasteful inclusions of shred in heavier music. While retaining the intensity and energy of Death Cult, R.I.P. is ultimately an entirely different beast. Although instrumental ability was by no means subtle in the former, it becomes a central aspect here. The riffs are just as moving as before, if slightly less heavy, but it is the proliferation of solos that give this band's first LP its primary strength. That being said, it should be noted that all those solos by no means stand on their own. Whereas they are easily the most exciting thing on the album, they derive a lot of their effect from the fact that they are backed by good riffs, good song structures, and a good sense of where to place them and (perhaps more importantly) where NOT to place them. Although one can easily call them shredding solos, at the same time they do not possess any of the cheesines associated with that term. Truth is, they stand out not because they are so much better than the rest of the music, but because they make the rest of the music sound so damn good. For any fan of speed metal or thrash metal this could easily be called essential listening. For any fan of good metal in general, it is a worth seeking out. It still remains an outstanding piece of work that is sure to get your blood boiling in just the right way.
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