Threat Signal: Disconnect
It is not very often that you hear 30 seconds of music and instantly know that this piece of music is going to be on your list of top albums of the year. But this is exactly the case with the new record from the Canadian Bad Asses that call themselves Threat Signal. The long awaited follow up to 2011's self-titled record Threat Signal, finds the band violent, focused and unrelenting on this new record, Disconnect (Agonia Records), Threat Signal's fourth release. Complex, manic and filled with staccato thrashy riffs and a contemporary technical groove that also houses melodic passages and twin guitar blazing that just doesn't quit, yes....Threat Signal are back in a big way.
Disconnect contains 9 tracks of beyond sick guitar playing in each and every song, with soaring vocals and melodic hooks that aren't always associated with a Melodic Thrash/Technical Metalcore band. Album opener, "Elimination Process", slyly tricks you with it's tranquil interlude of a beginning that quickly gives way to that Threat Signal heavy and syncopated barrage that only sounds like them. What a way to kick off an album after being away for years. Guitar players Travis Montgomery and Matt Perrin, have never sounded so good, as they sweep pick and arpeggiate through some of the slickest guitar solos of 2017. Shred fans of Tosin Abasi and Misha and the Periphery boys need to pay attention here.
Founder and vocalist, Jon Howard's vocals are poignant, passionate and edgy (imagine an angry Chester Bennington) and have never sounded better than on "Walking Alone", a euphonic tune that even while heavy should be on Metal radio. It will get stuck in your head. The detuned and melodic metal machine that is Threat Signal does not disappoint at all through this epic collection of heavy and cantankerous songs. The kicker is the album closer, the 10 minute opus that is "Terminal Madness". It is a song filled with explosive tempo changes and also finds the band stepping out into their most progressive and moody territory with Hard Core like breakdowns and is filled with nasty guitar playing, glorious groove and masterful vocals that set these guys apart from the Metal Pack.
Ranging from Melodic Metal, to Hard Rock, to Technical Thrash, Threat Signal, takes you on a heavy and technically pleasing rollercoaster of a ride with Disconnect all while staying true to what Threat Signal have always been about. There is an energy to this record that is undeniable, with musicianship that is off the charts. This is the way to comeback after a 6 year absence and deliver the strongest record in your career. I have long loved Threat Signal and Disconnect is the best of the lot, this record just crushes. Disconnect is easily in my Top 2 Metal releases of 2017.
Jon Howard - Vocals
Travis Montgomery - Guitars
Pat Kavanagh - Bass
Matt Perrin - Guitars
- Elimination Process
- Walking Alone
- Exit The Matrix
- Falling Apart
- To Thine Own Self Be True
- Terminal Madness
Added: December 14th 2017
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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