F.K.U – “1981” Album Review

F.K.U – “1981”
By: Tom Hanno

F.K.Ü., a horror metal band from Uppsala, Sweden, have an album available now; 1981 was released in conjunction with Despotz Records. This album is a splattering of blood soaked thrash metal, and is set to lyrics that are inspired by the horror movies of the 1980’s. Now, to some that may sound like a campy cliché, but the metallic edge of razor sharp riffs make any cliché irrelevant. This is thrashing metal done the way it was supposed to be done!!

Inspired by the thrash metal heyday, F.K.Ü. take influences from heavyweights such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Carnivore, Testament, Nuclear Assault, Overkill, Vio-Lence, Slayer, and so many others. You can definitely hear that this band has done their homework on what thrash is, where it came from, and where it is going. With bombastic guitar riffing, thunderous drumming, driving bass guitar, and vocals that sound slightly like Bobby Blitz of Overkill.

1981 is an album that boasts song titles like, “Corpse Mania”, Friday the 13th Part 2”, “Halloween II”, “Evil Dead” and “Burial Ground”, which shows where they take their lyrical influence to even the most casual of horror fans. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this album is that, while the lyrics are rooted in campy horror movies, the lyrics never seem cheesy to me. That’s a pretty incredible feat if you ask me, especially when you consider how cheesy and campy some of those old school movies seem nowadays.

The music is pure thrash, and that is to the bands credit as well. F.K.Ü. seems to be able to set themselves apart from their peers by producing the most genuine thrash metal out there right now. Most bands involved with the resurgence of the genre have vocals that border on death metal, and riffs that are boring as fuck. F.K.Ü. remain rooted within the greatest era of thrash, producing punishing riffs with fantastic tones, and double bass drum supremacy!! I really dig everything about this release!!!

F.K.Ü.’s 1981 is an excellent example of thrash metal within the modern age. It is full of great riffs, horror themed lyrical content, and is one of many albums that are helping to usher the genre into the future. All fans of metal can find something to enjoy about this album, and should give this group a chance!! Ill drop you a link to get your search started! Enjoy!!!

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