Skumstrike’s Violent Black/Thrash Metal Results in “Deadly Intrusions” (Early Album Stream)
Brimming with unbridled aggression, Skumstrike's debut album is pure momentum: Deadly Intrusions never stops moving and never lets up on its unhinged black/thrash, punk-laced assault. Though the Quebec-based duo inject their monstrous creation with a heap of memorable riffs and inventive hooks, none of that gets in the way of the album's violent charge. From the first moments of album opener "Deadly Poison" through the Poison Idea cover that caps off the record (and highlights the band's punk inclinations), there's never a single hint of hesitation to interrupt this feast of madcap, sleaze-ridden thrash. Dive right in with our exclusive premiere below.
Even when Skumstrike leans towards more mid-paced antics, their devilish and ingenious riffs still conjure images of deadly forces in motion. On "Blood Red Vision," there's a moment in the second half of the song where frantic thrash riffs cede the floor to a slow, steady bass groove and a sound like a hammer striking an anvil—the well-paced visceral impact sets the stage for things to kick back into high gear again. In other places, like on "Another Shot of Fear," Skumstrike plays around with creating a sense of speed through contrast. High-speed leads against ominously slow riffs: a pairing that can never grow boring.
Deadly Intrusions takes old-school thrash's weirdness and speed and dunks it in a thick coating of blackened sewer filth, irradiating the bass tone and dialing up the audible enmity. This album bears down on you, never straying from its course—actually, better go make sure your back door is locked.
The band comments:
Deadly Intrusions represents two years of pent-up aggression and monochromatic violence. Drawing from the band's deep well of obsession for ‘80s thrash, d-beat, and proto-black metal, it's a representation of how SKUMSTRIKE has grown as an entity. It's both more pointed and focused on delivering a more rapid attack that's feral and base of instinct, but with a bloodsplatter that's more representative of the members' own tastes and fixations. Congealed with the band's most cutting studio production yet, it's a dripping cross-section of metalpunk.
Deadly Intrusions releases April 8th via Selfmadegod Records, with a limited cassette release through Caligari Records.