Written by Alex Stojanovic
Chronicles Of The Dead
It Burns At Both Ends
I Am Among You
Drowning, Fading, Falling
At The Edge Of The World
Last Breath Taken
Alliance Of Thieves
Death Of An Anthem
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Label: Mascot Label Group
Danny Camilleri - Lead vocals & guitars Dean Wells - Guitars & backing vocals Nick Walker - Bass Jon Dette - Drums
Alliance Of Thieves isn't just another typical thrash album. While there are plenty of good amount of thrashing moments on the album, groove is one of the major components as well as melody, along with the aggression. There's no instrumental intro or overture to build up anticipation as the rampaging opener "Chronicles Of The Dead" drops and explodes like a spontaneous bomb and starts things off in pure thrash fashion. It features fantastic riffs that are as catchy as they are heavy, and that continues into "It Burns At Both Ends". The Middle Eastern tinged lick that follows the intro gives off a slightly different flavour before the track explodes into an onslaught of forceful verses and lethal riffs.
The throttle is pulled back on "At The Edge Of The World", another highlight on the record. It's a slower track and one of several moments where the band really showcase their prowess in writing soulful and powerful melodies, especially in the vocal and guitar departments. "Last Breath Taken" returns to the thrash assault from the first two tracks with riffs that pummel you into submission. It feels like Slayer and Testament were slammed together with Anthrax to create one rhythmic, brutal and melodic thrasher, and the same can be said about the title track. "Death Of An Anthem" closes the record with a big Machine Head vibe coming from the low vocals, acoustic bits and soaring chorus. It contains the epic quality that is expected of an album closer.
If you're looking for a great album by a new band, stop looking because Alliance Of Thieves is an immaculate piece of work completely worthy of your purchase. The songwriting is superb, the production is thick and aggressive and the performances are near perfect. This is only the first taste of what I'm sure will be much more from Meshiaak and it's an album that I believe is going to be hard to top. Pick this album up.
Highs: "Chronicles Of The Dead", "Drowning, Fading, Falling", "At The Edge Of The World", "Last Breath Taken" and "Death Of An Anthem". One of the finest debuts of the year and in a while.
Lows: I don't see any reason why anyone wouldn't like this album.