Dave "Metal Madman"
The 86' debut album from Whiplash is a pure assault of old school thrash and speed metal. Imagine Kill Em All mixed with Heavy Metal Maniac and recorded after binging on Motorhead - that's the sound you get on Power and Pain. What makes this album so great is that they do everything well- there are no glaring holes. Tony Portaro is a decent singer and a pretty good thrash guitarist- never would have known he's Berklee trained, but he is! The rhythm section is solid- audible, Geezer style bass with nice bass fills and a great lo-fi drum sound with plenty of well placed rolls and fills. Scaglione doesn't overplay, sitting right in the pocket and fully complementing the songs - like a drummer should! These were Jersey boys, but were very Bay Area influenced - Possessed, Exodus and obviously Metallica- but for some reason the execution sounds German to me- reminding me of early Destruction and Kreator. Songs are basic thrash/speed metal - fast, aggresive, simplistic riffs- with production that keeps things dirty, but without muddying the sound too much (see early Voivod for what "too muddy" sounds like). Don't expect any prog interludes with Whiplash!! My favorites are "War Monger", "Message in Blood" and "Power Thrashing Death", but they all sound kinda similar, so it's all good! #whiplash #whiplashband #threetonys #tonyportaro #speedmetal #thrashmetal #heavymetal #80sthrash #oldschoolmetal #newjerseymetal #eastcoastthrash #westcoastthrash #powerandpain #metallica #exodusband #possessedband #bayareathrash