Lich King ‘Do-Over’ EP CD Digipak



Lich King ‘Do-Over’ EP  Thrash Metal CD Digipak 2014

Track 1: Mascot War

Track 2: Thrashssacre

Track 3: Predator

Track 4: Toxic Zombie Onslaught

Track 5: Hot For Teacher (Van Halen Cover)

Track 6: Black Metal Sucks

Track 7: Crossover Songs Are Too Damn Short (Demo)



2 reviews for Lich King ‘Do-Over’ EP CD Digipak


    Rip-off or satire? It’s irrelevant to a band that calls itself “The Best Damned Thrash Metal Band In The World.” So joke may be the appropriate word, and as for the actual music, the word joke may be too lenient. More accurate would be “turd,” or “hellstorm of meconium.” No surprise if Lich King was just Tom Araya and Kerry King wearing red clown noses and smacking each other’s asses with Wiffle bats?


    Part homage, part parody, and all in-your-face, Massachusetts thrash-mongers Lich King‘s seven-song EP, titled Do-Over, is a jungle of fist-pumping, headbanging riffage. Released by Evil Eye Records on Christmas Day 2014 (as a present to the band’s fans old and new), this EP is an advance warning shot, serving to whet fans’ appetites for the band’s fifth full length album, scheduled for a mid-2015 release.

    The band managed to work just about every industry ‘joke’ in to their campaign: from the battle-it-out lyrics in aptly titled “Mascot Wars”, to their sarcastically lead-in “band bio”, to leaking their own EP on to YouTube, they’ve simultaneously embraced the future and the past. Speaking of the past, Do-Over is comprised of five re-recorded tracks from Lich King’s first two albums, Necromantic Maelstrom and Toxic Zombie Onslaught, with a demo track and a cover of Van Halen‘s “Hot For Teacher” thrown in for good measure.

    Very crisp and crystal clear, the nicely mixed and mastered disc scales well for high-volume listening, which you’ll want to try. Fueled by a nuclear riff factory, it sears along like a fine-tuned sawblade, with plenty of tempo and time changes to hold your attention. Don’t worry: it’s not what you’d call progressive – it’s a go-to, fun, straight-ahead “Saturday night party” type thrash.

    Strongly influenced by genre staples like Slayer, D.R.I, and Exodus, Do-Over is peppered with lyrical themes the ‘metal fan’ has grown to expect and love: death, zombies, hateful insults, and war. “Mascot War” is really enjoyable and engaging. Not overly complex, it’s a crusher. The Richard Cheese style lounge outro in “Black Metal Sucks” will perk up your ears (and leave you doubled-over with laughter). “Black Metal Sucks” pulls obvious influence from Billy Milano‘s style of roasting or insulting a “cultural institution” that he so successfully spearheaded in S.O.D. Speaking of influences, the band have cleverly worked some quotations in to their songs: a nod to the aforementioned S.O.D in “Mascot War”, and a little nod to Metallica‘s “Trapped Under Ice” in “Thrashssacre”.

    Not too grave (serious), this one’s a keeper for fans of thrash metal, especially those who remember back when the genre was still maturing, making lots of noise. Pick Do-Over up, if nothing more then for the between-band controversy the album cover (a parody of D.R.I) sparked. Then, be ready to circle-pit with a band who who seem to be the USA’s answer to Canadian thrashers Fatality: Lich King.


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