October 08, 2020

Condor - Unstoppable Power (2017)

Country: Norway
Language: English
Genre: Thrash Metal
Style: Blackened Thrash Metal
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© 2017 High Roller Records
Review by Dan Obstkrieg for Your Last Rites.com
Genres can work a number of different ways. They can be a crutch, allowing uninspired bands a relatively easy foothold with a niche demographic. They can be a challenge, prompting ambitious bands to claw impatiently at the perceived limits of their chosen style. Both of those scenarios, however, presuppose a common fact: musical genres are conversations. If you care to be momentarily generous, this (more than outright laziness) is why terrible writer nerds such as myself spend so much time trying to tease out just who (and how) a particular band or album sounds like: no band exists in a vacuum, and therefore how they choose to enter a conversation is relevant to judging any album’s success.
Condor’s Unstoppable Power enters the black/thrash conversation with the snotty arrogance of someone who thinks they already know it all. It’s a tactic with a few obvious corollaries: 1. If you can bring the jams, much will be forgiven. 2. Even if you do bring the jams, you’re entering a conversation with an already limited vocabulary that’s been running on for decades. With all of that in mind, Unstoppable Power is undeniably a “Did I forget to flip the record?” kind of record. From the spooky reverbed intro to the Bathory ripoff outro, you have heard one hundred percent of this before. But that, of course, is much of the charm and comfort of a record like this. Imagine that Condor has worked to lovingly craft the album to sound like your favorite pile of old records, and that both you and they have gotten so thoroughly wrapped up in the imitation that the demarcations from the original blur.

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