F.K.U.
"Metal Moshing Mad"

(Razorback)

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RATING: 8/10

Leave it to Razorback to bring you the best in horror thrashing fun. Enter "Metal Moshing Mad", a remastered re-release of the 1999 album by Sweden's F.K.U. (that's Freddy Kruger's Underwear). Although the '80s slasher movies themes are brought out in full force, and in gloriously comedic fashion, "Metal Moshing Mad" is not your typical GHOUL/BLOOD FREAK kind of grindy death-thrash album. Rather, this is 100 percent old school, often EXODUS-style, thrash (right down to Baloff-esque vocals) and it is impossible to not have an absolute blast spinning this baby.

"Metal Moshing Mad" is 22 songs of chainsaw riffing, speeding tempos, crunchy grooves, and catchy choruses. The gang-shout choruses on songs like the title track, "Stomp and Shake (Crystal Lake)", "Beware (of the Evil Underwear)", and "Mosh Under Pressure" are immediately gratifying in an unabashedly fist-pumping, head banging kind of way. You will also hear several short, staccato bursts of S.O.D.-style mania, always punctuated with humorous lyrics and all-around tomfoolery. The Daniel Bergstrand (in conjunction with the band) production gives the tunes one hell of a punch without totally destroying the raggedy thrash vibe one gets from the albums of old, although in this case the treatment is tighter and more "professional" sounding.

Also included is the bonus 18-song, remastered "The Evil Underwear" demo. A sizeable chunk of it, in one form or another, you will have already heard from the "Metal Moshing Mad" portion of the disc. The sound quality is much better than one might think from a "demo", and rocks along with nearly as much force as the "Metal Moshing Mad" portion of the album. Finally, the new, painted artwork by Adam Geyer is outstanding.

"Metal Moshing Mad" is tailor made for all lovers of vintage, albeit somewhat updated, thrash metal. It is incomprehensible that any fan of the style would not thoroughly enjoy this one. Thrash 'til death indeed.

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