Psychotron yet another band from Bangladesh but this time it’s not basement metal, in fact they play a refreshing old school form of thrash metal and their 2016 EP “Lethal Paralysis” is a very heavy, aggressive and melodic mother fucker.
Intense blast beats are the first thing you hear, and I was hit almost a few seconds later by a wave of pure aggressive thrash; but all of the musical instruments are clear, which is something rare these days. The music is very heavily rooted in the 80’s Bay Area thrash metal but the guttural vocals are more aggressive, reminiscent of Possessed.
However, this isn’t just a simple no frills thrash homage. The vocals utilize melodic screams and the solos and leads at times give a more melodic style of old school thrash. They even inject a bit of the traditional spoken word trope that came to thrash near the end of the 80s, for brief intervals throughout the album. There’s a lot of mixing going on and variety. Something I didn’t expect there’s a great mixture of slow, mid paced grooves that flow into fast tearing riffs and an almost Burtonesque bass guitar leads. Though the album remains true to its influences and styles it never truly disappoints in anyway.
Psychotron plays the classic era style of thrash metal and you can tell it’s very heavily rooted in the 80’s traditions, including the production style, but the album also bringing back a more aggressive and at times a more melodic take on the genre than some of the current bands in play don’t bring to the table. You can easily hear the East coast spilling over to Bangladesh; and one must keep in mind Bangladesh is a country full of censorship and corruption, and probably ranked up with Somalia for military coups totally 28 military coups in the nation’s history.
They deliver a grim and dark lyrical style with a heavy thrash tone that’s both aggressive and original, riding the fine line between complete cloning of the east coast and to some extent the German scene and innovating their sound with more melodic takes. I never thought I’d say this…. but you know I actually like this album. I like it a lot.