. . .

It took me a minute to look up the meaning of Opprobrium (criticism and shame) but it didn’t take long to remember that this song, which we’re streaming here well before its January 15, 2016 release date, is a killer.

The band Opprobrium, which used to be known as Incubus, was formed in 1986 by Brazilian brothers Francis M. and Moyses M. Howard in Metairie, Louisiana. Their 1988 album Supernatural Death is now considered an early gem of the speed thrash genre, but they had some band members leave and then split up before reforming and having to change their name because of some other band. Relapse is now reissuing that debut with the deluxe treatment.

The brothers moved from the thrash haven of Brazil to Louisiana, and proceeded to play thrash faster than anyone. “Incubus” has tight, brutal drumming, the fastest guitar riffs and chugging and contrasting solos. Vocals are easy to understand, growled and shouted at the same time. Incubus/Opprobrium were one of the fastest thrash bands out there and 27 years after its release the music is still ferocious. Pre-order it here.

— Vanessa Salvia

. . .

. . .