Coming from roots embedded in the straight-up thrash metal scene, Birmingham four-piece Eradikator have decided to traverse a somewhat rockier path on their third full-length record, ‘Obscura’.
Influences like Alice In Chains and Megadeth are soon prevalent on opening track ‘Nightmare Dawning’, and its mixture of melody and technicality, coupled with Patrick Cox‘s vocal performance, make this only a stone throw away from being an exact copy of Dave Mustaine.
‘Revolve’ features a groovy guitar riff running throughout its runtime that shifts the dynamic nicely with heaps of head banging addictiveness. The inclusion of a slight key change in the chorus and decent mid-paced guitar solo midway through adds to the strength of quality on show, and easily makes this one of the best songs on the record.
Unfortunately, the band do appear as if they’re trying far too hard to become more like their peers, with nods to both Evile and Megadeth becoming more and more audible, resulting in the Eradikator themselves becoming less identifiable. The production job here is solid, but fails to really electrify the band, although this could partly be due to the lack of truly memorable songs on show.
They attempt to mix it up on ‘Haunting’, which has an aptly moody and atmospheric soundscape courtesy of doomy guitars and a lumbering pace, while ‘Eyes Of Old’ is the record’s token ballad (think of Evile‘s ‘In Memoriam’) with a melodic and emotive approach to its song writing.
‘I Want To Believe’ carries a bit more heft than what has followed previously injecting a fair bit of pace into the proceedings, but is let down by Cox‘s vocal delivery which start to grate more with their linearity and repetitive nature. Finale, ‘The Siren Song’, is a bit of an odd one; it feels totally stripped back of any groove, which leaves a feeling that probably won’t resonate and entice many for repeat listens.
You would’ve noticed that this review hasn’t spoken much about thrash metal, and that’s mainly because there’s very little of that sub-genre left in Eradikator‘s sound on this release. They can be commended for trying something a little bit new, but ultimately this results in an unremarkable and mostly forgettable record which doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!