counterignition - spit or swallow

Our first release, CounterIgnitioN's debut album "Spit or swallow" is available from June 6th! Here is the tracklist:
1. Recalled system
2. Ordinary mortal man
3. Sell your soul
4. Secret to you... Denied
5. End of mine
6. Fight
7. Border
8. Lawless
9. World of lies
10. Life sentenced
11. Daire (Smak cover)
You may order the CD for $9.99


Country: Serbia
Title: Spit or Swallow
Label: DDN records
Year: 2011
Style: Thrash Metal

Remember the good old days of brutal Thrash Metal, when bands started adding an almost touch of brutality with the speed and moshing with Thrash Metal.  Counterignition has that old school thrash feel and mixes the technical riffs with the catchy old school metal on Spit or Swallow.  The whole album gives no break from the skull crushing metal except for the almost industrial style of music on tracks like "Border”.  The band know how to keep the release interesting and full of heavy groove metal attacks.  I like this release a lot and hope Counterignition keeps it coming.  This is a far cry better than the demo they released in 2008, and that wasn’t a bad demo at all!  Counterignition deserves to see the light of day in the underground.  Tracks like "Border”, "Life Sentenced”, and "World of Lies” really show the influence from an era when Pantera and others were kicking ass in the Thrash Metal  scene.  For fans of early style Thrash Metal that goes beyond the typical mosh riffs of the day.  Counterignition kick some ass on this release!
Reviewed by Lex Luther
Rating: 8/10
'Spit Or Swallow'

'Spit or Swallow' is a simple album. Thrash/Groove Metal that’s either played at break-neck speeds or with back-breaking, heavy grooves, all played with extreme aggression. We have lots of breakdowns, lots of shredding solos, and an abundance of angry growls and violent screams, that are quite similar to Phil Anselmos’s later work in Pantera.

There’s lots of brilliant heaviness and raw aggression here, and it put on a pretty spectacular first impression, but after the first full listen through the album, you realize how familiar it all sounds. Where could I have heard this before? Oh yeah! It’s called 'Vulgar Display of Power', and it came first. Tracks like “Sell Your Soul” have some really heavy, crushing riffs to flaunt, and so do most of the tracks on this album. They’re very effective in getting you pumped and angry, ready to throw a chair through a window, but really, as cool as these songs may be for the first few listens, the lack originality and generic vocals don’t warrant many repeat listens.

However, there are shining moments here, such as “Secret to You…Denied,” which shows the band can really offer some original material if they really tried. In their defense though, this album is probably the best Pantera rip off I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot. There are some really cool, memorable melodies hidden in the album, the solos are kickass (to say the least), and it effectively gets you pumped up. It’s not too original, but it’s cool and it’s fun. Not a bad entry in the Groove/Thrash genre, and I suggest that you get all the enjoyment you can from this album before it inevitably gets put down and forgotten about, because there’s definitely some enjoyment to be had here. [7]

Self Released
Genre: Thrash/Groove Metal
Rating: 3/5

Although this band hails from Kovin, Serbia they could be from right here in the states. Seriously there's a Thrash/Groove Metal act in every burg around the country that has a live music scene. But I shall not let my own personal stateside experiences and prejudices effect a quality (?) review of this release. Everyone knows I'm objectionable (ha!) I mean as far as my ignorance the Serbian music scene goes these guys could be kings. What has become old here in the states is still thriving in Europe. Look at Thrash and Speed Metal for example. Now I'm probably wrong in classifying this as only Thrash and Groove Metal, not that those styles are not in play here which they are. But the fact is that COUNTERIGNITION play a combination of many variations of those themes which run throughout their songs. They even toss in some folk elements and more melodic passages which really blows away any pre-conceptions. Pigeon holing them would simply be an insult. What I like is how they pile on plenty of sludge into those grooves at times plus they include some edgy solos added to that the vocals are rough sounding. Those three elements alone plus with their variations show that these guys are not playing by the genre template rules.

When I first read the info about em and saw those words "thrash/groove metal" I thought the worst. For those of you who read Scumfeast Metal 666 regularly (and frankly who doesn't) you know that I have no love for that genre of metal. I even consider it mainstream instead of extreme. Listening to this release I can honestly say that this band has progressed ahead of the tired thrash/groove genre to add personal character into it. And they do it with subtlety plus the production on here is slightly raw which makes it an interesting release. You wouldn't think it to be technical but once again that's all in the subtlety. They throw a cool sounding headbanging groove at you and then bend it towards a different direction completely. You listen to this a few times and you can catch so much they are hitting you with. Like I said I'm not a fan of the genre but after listening to this it's obvious that COUNTERIGNITION is pushing the boundaries to meet with their own creativeness.

CounterIgnitioN - ScumFeast review

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