Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: DiscoPowerBoxxx - The Haunted and the Hunted

Austria's DiscoPowerBoxxx began their journey into disco crushing madness in 2006 in a rehearsal room filled with pin-up nudies and a bar fridge full of beer. The last seven years have brought the band a couple of line-up changes, tours with notable names such as Cannabis Corpse, one demo and two EPs; their most recent being The Haunted and the Hunted.

Genre: Thrash Metal/Crossover
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: March 2013
  1. The Dead Shall Rise and Walk the Earth
  2. Lucky to Die
  3. Death on my Neck
  4. Kings of Kobra
  5. Terminated
  6. For the Wolves
  7. Of Beasts and Blades
Total Playtime: 20 minutes, 18 seconds





Rating: 9.0/10






Austria's DiscoPowerBoxxx began their journey into disco crushing madness in 2006 in a rehearsal room filled with pin-up nudies and a bar fridge full of beer. The last seven years have brought the band a couple of line-up changes, tours with notable names such as Cannabis Corpse, one demo and two EPs; their most recent being The Haunted and the Hunted.

The material on this EP is unlike any other thrash metal to come to light in recent years. It's incredibly groovy and laid back for the genre at hand, with a little bit of Dick Dale influence that surfaces in some tracks such as "Terminated", and the vocals are soft with a near whisper-like quality; think Living in Darkness era Agent Orange. Each track is saturated in fuzzy memorable guitar riffs and hefty backing bass melodies. The vocals are mellow and almost spoken with a hint of aria to them, and they tend to take on a more 1980's punk behavior; which is a trait that is few and far between in most thrash metal today.


The only two elements of the album that need improvement are the lyrics and drums. Though not entirely the fault of the drummer, the drum track tends to be lack luster and on a casual play through it will fall completely away from the listener due to how far back into the layering the track is pushed. This, coupled with moderate patterns and par performance equals a mediocre drum experience at best. The lyrics are decent but come across uninspired and uninteresting at times. They could use more focus and captivating subject matter to draw the audience in deeper.

All in all, DiscoPowerBoxxx have a great vision as a band, now they just need to buckle down and harness their skill and potential to create a more energetic, compelling album. They've got an untapped 80's punk/thrash style that could work wonders on the overcrowded neo-thrash market of today. The Haunted and the Hunted is definitely a step in the right direction, and needs little refining and polishing around the edges to push the content to the next level. Unquestionably worth more than a few spins, highly recommended to those who need a dose of refreshing thrash metal and those who dearly miss Agent Orange.

Physical Copy Provided by: DiscoPowerBoxxx

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