Amethyst - From The Fire - debut album review
Words: Anne Estella
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the hauntingly quiet intro… Or it’s highly likely you’ll fall right off your chair when Acts of Betrayal comes crashing in…
From The Fire is the eagerly anticipated debut studio-length album from Manchester thrash metal 4-piece, Amethyst. Since releasing their debut EP in 2015, Amethyst have secured a strong fan-base and have played numerous festivals and gigs, supporting the likes of Sepultura, Evile, Blaze Bayley, Xerath, and Absolva. Winning Manchester Metal 2 The Masses in 2015 confirmed their emergence as a potent new force on the UK heavy metal scene.
Reflecting influences such as Machine Head, Sylosis, Lamb of God and Slayer, From The Fire combines straight-up groove-laden thrash with a powerfully raw vocal. The opening of One More Day incorporates a distinctly Metallica-esque rhythm.
The nine-track album provides quality, well-written thunderous metal, played with masterful precision. There‘s not much let-up in momentum or energy throughout - monster riffs and head-banging drumbeats keep it satisfyingly aggressive from start to finish.
Every track delivers a fast-paced, forceful sound. There are many highlights, including Vile & Corrupted - an epic seven and a half minutes of brutal intensity. This is how thrash metal should be done and From The Fire will surely delight fans of this genre, taking Amethyst’s growing popularity to new heights.
Amethyst will be performing at the Rusty Metal Weekender on 19th – 20th January and with Megadeth UK and Shamtera at The Ruby Lounge on 27th January. Definitely worth seeing live if you like your metal loud, heavy and full of attitude.