Review: INSANITY ALERT – ‘666-Pack’ [Official Video + Tracks Streaming]

Austrian crossover thrashers Insanity Alert will release their new full-length, ‘666-Pack’, on January 25th via Season Of Mist. “Forged in Innsbruck in 2011 and influenced by the likes of S.O.D., D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault, Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste, and Toxic Holocaust, Insanity Alert are the kind of people who know what to bring to a party: a big dose of humor with a dash of darkness, party tunes, and a six pack. It’s these ingredients that make up the basis of the band’s third full-length. A relentless, twenty-one-track ripper, ‘666-Pack’ brings the classic spirit of speed metal’s salad days back with savage metal precision. Ultra-catchy riffs, vicious vocals, and empowering gang vocals are packed into short, sharp rapid-fire attacks delivering everything great about thrash in spades.” ‘666-Pack’ was produced and mixed by Toni Meloni Loitsch (Die Toten Hosen, Silbermond, H-Blockx) at Nautilus Sounds Studio, mastered by Dan Randall (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse) at Mammoth Sound Mastering and comes wrapped in the gruesome cover creation of Mark Riddick (Rotting Christ, Horrendous, Revocation, etc.).

‘666-Pack’ is a one two punch assault of crossover thrash mixed with elements of grindcore! While Insanity Alert have certainly changed stylistically on this release, the general vibe of the band is still intact. Songs like “Thirstkiller”, “All Mosh/No Brain”, “Cobra Commander” and “A Skullcrushin’ Good Time” all follow similar thrash methods and immediately bring to mind bands such as Iron Reagan and Ludichrist. However, the added addition of grindcore and powerviolence elements on tracks like “Saturday Grind Fever”, “Echoes of Death” and “Demons Get Out” add a slight edge to ‘666-Pack’ that elevate them above many albums from the new wave of thrash metal bands that are currently in the scene.

Insanity Alert aren’t necessarily reinventing the wheel with ‘666-Pack’ but with this release they have put forth something that is aggressive enough to appeal to punk rock fans and riff-tastic enough for thrash metal fans and crossover fans alike!



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