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Norwegian metal troupe Battered play a late ‘80s and early ‘90s style of headbanging metal with touches of crossover appeal on its 10-track debut. Tracks like “Demagog” tread the line between Obituary and Exodus, while “Perfect Illusion” throws The Haunted and Nevermore in a blender and sets on whip. While a lot of this eponymous offering you’ve undoubtedly heard before and done a lot better, Battered’s allegiance to the assault from the days of thrash metal’s yore is a trait that has to be commended, even if songs like “Industrial Killing” are a bit past their expiration date.
- Mike SOS