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Because of its proximity to hardcore punk and crossover, good thrash metal makes for great body music. Of all the branches on the metal family tree, thrash is the most concerned with plucking you off the wall and getting your body moving. Like any good dance music, it uses rhythm and pacing to move listeners physically as well as emotionally. The only difference is that thrash bands aim at your neck, not your hips.

Since thrash is such a physical genre, it’s only natural that it would view immobility and restriction as abhorrent. So when the singer for Evil Invaders finds himself hanging from the ceiling in a straight jacket in their new video for “Mental Penitentiary”, his response is as rabid as the music backing him up. “Mental Penitentiary” continues the Belgian band’s joyous use of 80s metal tropes, and that same retromania colors the song’s visuals. Nothing goes with viciously paced palm muting like saturated neon colors. Like many classic 80s thrash tunes, “Mental Penitentiary” takes off once it shakes free of it’s verse and chorus, opening the floodgates for a gorgeous tapping lead and a steady stream of thrash breaks. It’s no surprise that Evil Invaders flourish once given room to breath. After all, chains are meant to be broken.

Watch “Mental Penitentiary” below. Follow Evil Invaders on Facebook.

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