Greetings, salutations and welcome back. Yep, apparently I’m allowed to go again with my thoughts on music that I’ve been listening to. Prepare to step back into the mind of Longstretch!
This time it’s The Hirvi – Old School Killspree. For the record, I had to listen to this album a few times but the more I listened the better I liked it. Slow burner for me for sure.
“Dying Time” is the first track on the album. Great guitar riffs and a good driving drum beat. Nice start. The second track provides more of the same with a pure thrash theme through the whole number. “The Hirvi” is third in line, and how good is the rockabilly start. Not something you usually get on a thrash metal album. Gets straight into it after that though, and if you listen carefully, you might hear a bit of Anthrax in there as well.
“Dance Dance Dance” is the title of track 4 but this is so far from a dance number that you can put back your satin shirts and gold chains. I don’t judge. This is an epic song that slowly builds to something exceptional. Although I wouldn’t say this was pure thrash I would however say, that its 7 minutes of good old school metal.
“Vihan päivä”, or ‘Day of Wrath’ (hopefully that’s right or just blame google translations) is sung in Finnish and is truly amazing. Short, sharp, no fucking around. Betcha this gets the full-on circle work and has the crowd singing along at all their live shows in their homeland, albeit not for very long as the song only goes for 1:30. “Don’t Fuck With The Runners” is next and it’s more of the same with brilliant thrash riffs and powering drum beat.
“Killer Instinct”, now this is definitely my favourite track on the album. This little ditty jumps out of the speakers and punches you fair in the nose. Everything that you want a thrash anthem to be is here. Killer riffs and a drum beat that just shoves everything along at a great rate of knots. Absolutely love it.
Last song on the album is “ Jumala on hyva”, and it’s in the same vein as the fifth number, short, sharp and no fucking around. Great stuff.
Like I said, it took me a couple of times to get into the full swing, but even with that being the case, go and have a listen for yourselves because this is a pretty sound thrash metal album from The Hirvi.