One quick look at the cover of Misanthropic Slaughter, and I was pretty sure that the Arizona collective known as Hemoptysis were set to send me off into a land of old school styled death metal. Wrong. This fairly new band, who have only been together a few years, deliver 80's styled thrash pretty convincingly, showing a huge influence of Germany's Kreator on many of the tracks on this CD. It's all pretty enjoyable from start to finish, and while Misanthropic Slaughter isn't going to set the world on fire with originality, it's a solid slab of thrash mixed with some melodic death metal for good measure.
The band is comprised of Masaki Murashita (vocals/guitar ), Ryan Miller (lead guitar),
Sunao Arai (bass), and Travis Thune (drums ). Together they form a tight unit, and have created some impressive thrash here on tunes such as the title track, "Hopeless", "The Cycle" and "Blood Storm". For my money, the best track by far is "M.O.D.", a head on collision of Kreator and Arch Enemy, complete with some wicked rasps/growls from Masaki and a wide variety of thrash, death, black metal riffery. Though it's not listed anywhere on the CD, I could swear I hear a little bit of keyboards in the background from time to time throughout the album, but if it is it's very sparse. Tasty lead guitar can be found on "Impending Doom", and "Shadow of Death" has some neat harmony lines from Murashita & Miller to go alongside plenty of crushing riffs and galloping rhythms.
Misanthropic Slaughter shows a lot of promise from this Phoenix based band. Hemoptysis certainly have enough of the tools to compete on the exploding modern thrash scene, and I for one will be keeping an eye on them in the months and years to come.
1. Misanthropic Slaughter
4. Impending Doom
5. And The World Dies
7. The Cycle
8. Blood Storm
9. Shadow of Death
11. End of Sorrow