CHARRED

"Prayers of Malediction" (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions; 2019/2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I'm sure glad Horror Pain Gore Death Productions re-released this 2019 album from Charred ... because I missed it the first time and am very glad I got a second chance.

"Prayers of Malediction" is a thrash/death metal collection nine mostly short tunes (only two run over three minutes) that start kicking ass from track one and don't stop until the final track, the chilling "Kesai Khati: Eater of Death," finishes playing. The guitars are thick and fast throughout, the drums furiously pounding and the vocals that raw death metal roar that still lets you understand the lyrics.

The death metal/thrash hybrid Charred delivers here works very well. It reminds me of a rougher version of bands like Midnight with its raging pace, its aggressive vocals and its thick chainsaw guitar sound. If you like music that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the last note, "Prayers of Malediction" is for you!

For more information, check out https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/prayers-of-malediction.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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