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High Command’s New Album is More Than Crossover/Thrash Revival

High Command album cover

As I wrote in my Notable Releases column at BV this week (which also includes a review of Creeping Death), Worcester, MA’s High Command get lumped in with the crossover/thrash revival, but one listen to their debut album Beyond the Wall of Desolation — out now via Southern Lord — will prove that doesn’t do them justice at all. The band’s own description is “five friends coming together to create the sonic equivalent of a barbarian horde,” and that’s a little more on the money. They’re definitely thrash, and I guess they’re technically revivalists, but they don’t sound like they’re imitating past thrash bands so much as they sound like they’re using thrash as a vessel to put out the most ass-kicking songs they can think up. I hear bits of everything from early Venom to Kill ‘Em All to Reign In Blood, but Beyond the Wall of Desolation never really sounds like just one of those things at a time, and it never stays in one place for long. High Command play thrash like they invented it, and this record is full of such unbridled fury that they’ll have you believing they invented it too. Stream it now below:

Later this month, High Command are bringing their adrenaline-inducing riffage around North America with Richmond crossover thrashers Enforced (who released the killer At The Walls LP this year). Dates are listed below.

More albums out this week in our weekly UMR column here at IO.

Enforced & High Command — 2019 Tour Dates
10/18/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
10/19/2019 Maywood – Raleigh, NC
10/20/2019 Raindogs – Jacksonville, FL
10/21/2019 Night Moves – Tallahassee, FL
10/22/2019 Poor Boys – New Orleans, LA
10/23/2019 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
10/24/2019 Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
10/25/2019 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
10/26/2019 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
10/27/2019 North End Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH
10/28/2019 Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, MI
10/29/2019 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
10/30/2019 See Scape – Toronto, ON
10/31/2019 Sugar City – Buffalo, NY
11/01/2019 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
11/02/2019 The Raven – Worcester, MA

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