REZET - REALITY IS A LIE
(Target/Mighty Music Records)
Review by Sloof
So far, this German band released more demos than albums, but although they are totally unknown to me, they made a HUGE impression with their new album ‘Reality Is A Lie’. The band was formed around 2004 in the Northern part of Germany and their main goal was to start a Thrash metal band in the vein of their idols Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. The two axemen Ricky Wagner and Thorben Schulz added speed riffing in their arrangements with a slice of NWOBHM in a U.S. style. Sounds pretty sophisticated, I know, but their third release ‘Reality Is A Lie’ proves that they are capable to get their will done. Rezet is a band that gets their arrangements really tight while the bass of Lucas Grümmert pushes forward.
The album starts with the title track of this third album and we get constantly breaks and twists, solos and totally diverse hooks. It reminds me of Hades that comes together with Détente but with a more Thrash Metal approach. The vocals of Ricky Wagner have an old school approach and fit perfectly to the style and material of Rezet! The band continues with other war mongers like ‘Madmen’ and ‘Dying By The States’ where the influence of Dave Mustaine arises. What we get next is the track ‘Dead City’, originally written and performed by Violent Force, another German band that released their debut album ‘Malevolent Assault Of Tomorrow’ in 1987. The Rezet performance is breaking all records! This track is the ultimate way to test the shape of your neck muscles. I’m sure that the original members of Violent Force will be jealous with this effectuation, so does Nuclear Assault in their heydays. ‘Cannibal’s Revenge’ contains a more melodic chorus although the speed is still present! ‘Breaking The Chains’ opens with a great bass part of Lucas and wonderful guitar riffing by Ricky and Thorben. Very steady, very powerful, lesser technical and a very modest part halfway to accelerate with the bass tune for the second time. The melting pot of U.S. Metal and European Thrash Metal comes to highlight when screaming guitars and solos from the very first beginning start the song ‘Checkmate (War Is Hell)’. This is merciless and deadly, and I have nothing more to add!
The riffs are razor-sharp and mixed with beautifully picked acoustic guitars while drummer Bastian Santen is innovating by adding a progressive, nearly jazzy sound. It all sounds so devastating, so intriguing that Rezet can be considered as the new German Thrash Metal highlight! There might be influences from Sodom, Kreator, Destruction and many other Teutonic Thrash giants, but they succeed in adding an U.S. twist that comes close to early Megadeth material, only with a dose of extreme aggression. Rezet wants to excel themselves with this album and they succeed big time! If my info is correct, the band will play at the upcoming Graspop Metal Meeting Festival 2016 in Belgium, and you can count me in, as I don’t want to miss one minute of their live attendance! Give us full axe, let necks break and bang those heads! Purchase at: http://www.targetshop.dk/uk/370665/Rezet/Reality_Is_A_Lie/ Rezet Official Homepage: http://www.rezet.de/
My rating: 91 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish