Die No More – Destruction Complete EP (Self Released)

Genre: Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal

Perhaps Die No More conceived their name as a plea to thrash metal’s forebears to remember their roots and revisit the glory days of the Bay Area scene circa 1986. At a time when it’s still unpopular to sound like the Big Four in their prime (although Metallica’s latest release hints at a long overdue return to retro-fuelled top form) this Cumbrian crew continue to fly the flag for old school noise.

There’s no denying Die No More’s trademark sound is familiar. Opener Save Yourself could comfortably find a home on …And Justice For All and the band often sound more like Metallica than the arena behemoths themselves. But that’s no criticism. With a slick Matt Elliss production, Die No More have released four songs that fuse power with passion to a point where the next live set can’t come soon enough.

Set closer Destruction Complete is a seven minute-plus epic that proves, beyond any doubt, that Marc Farquhar and co. are much more than mere ‘Tallica clones.

Die No More represent the past, present and future of a genre that’s long overdue a riff-laden reappraisal. And this bristling snapshot of the band’s addictive sound perfectly complements their killer live sets.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 Complete Package