Genre: Thrash Metal/Crossover
Label: Century Media Records
Dr. Living Dead! is a very active band, releasing albums with frequency (4 albums and one E.P. in 6 years) and touring worldwide almost always. “Cosmic Conqueror” is their new album, second album with Dr.Mania on vocals. For those who ignore, the music of Dr. Living Dead! is thrash metal/crossover with main influences bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault, Anthrax, D.R.I and we could say that somehow they sound like the bands of the last big thrash wave such as Municipal Waste, Gama Bomb and Iron Reagan. Personally speaking the first albums of the band (“Dr. Living Dead!” and “Radioactive Intervention”) were diamonds that every thrash metal fan must have in his record collection. After the release of those albums the vocalist Dr. Ape left the band to form Negative Self, and Dr. Living Dead! managed to release “Crush the Sublime Gods” the weakest album of their carrier so far. Today the band returns with their new album and believe me the result is delightful. I cannot say that “Cosmic Conqueror” is at the same level of their first albums but is better that its predecessor. There are tracks-dynamites such as the self-titled (a punch in the face), “Coffin Crusher” (excellent refrain) and others where the band sounds more mature than ever such as “Moment of Clarity” (great song-writing), the trippy instrumental “Into The Eye” and of course the best song of the album “Cyber Crime” based on a dark Candlemass-like riff that is more than excellent (maybe with a taste of Bolt-Thrower). Production is almost the same as in their whole discography and artwork in the same philosophy, no place for changes here. We know Dr. Living Dead!and what we should expect from them. This time their wild thrash obviously meets our expectations. Well done!