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from the fact that I once met a Russian guy in Stockholm who claimed to
have lived next door to their drummer, this band is yet another mystery
to me. It's moments like these when I regret that I never picked up the
new edition of Iron Pages' East-Euro Metal book last time I had the chance
(send it for review, guys!). I remember reading somewhere that half of
this LP constitutes a demo tape of the same title, and the abovementioned
book listed several tape albums preceding this LP, as well as later CDs,
so there's obviously more to FRONT than meets the vinyl-searching eye.
In one sentence FRONT could be described as RIB-era SLAYER and the finest
moments of KOROSSIA METALLA rolled into one. It has the same stale-yet-groovy
full-force Thrash Attack as K.M. but with smarter songwriting, at best
reminding of the genius of INFERNAL MÄJESTY's "None Shall Defy".
There's something to grab your attention in every song and how rare is
that in a 90's Thrash LP? About as rare as the album itself I guess. I've
very seldom seen it offered, but since it strays a bit too far from the
"collectable Power Metal-style" it seldom reaches prices above
€50 when it do turn up. DO NOT miss a chance to pick it up, because
"Mortal Surgery" is more than another completist piece for "Exotic
Metal" collectors, it's an essential album to any fan of top-quality,
brutal Thrash Metal which bands like THE HAUNTED or modern-day SLAYER
could only dream of mustering up.
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