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Knoxville, TN thrash quintet Downslave aims straight for the jugular on the troupe’s debut COST OF FREEDOM. This squad meshes a shameless amount of Pantera’s vulgar display of power with a hodgepodge of inspiration pulled from Bay Area thrash metal’s elite bands to comprise a furious yet familiar 10-track onslaught that is far from original but rarely lets up to take a rest. Despite not so subtly borrowing a bulk of their style from bands fronted by Phil Anselmo, Downslave’s scorching fretwork, punchy arrangements, and persistent pummeling rhythms are served with a indubitably hostile vigor bound to get the pit moving and heads banging in approval.
- Mike SOS