Hailing from the heart of Bulgaria… Hm, wait a second… Coming from Skopje, Macedonia, then relocated to Sofia, Bulgaria… No, just a moment… Is it North Macedonia now? This review is becoming a problem even before it started. I don’t think I will ever use the “north” prefix speaking about Macedonia.
Retarded politicians aside (or should we?), Slave Pit presents their debut full-length album. I’m not sure if I should consider it full-length having in mind that the album lasts just under 30 minutes, and the last 3 songs are bonus tracks. Doesn’t matter anyway.
Slave Pit plays Thrash Metal, old school kind, and they do it “by the book”. With just a few traces of Death Metal, this is retro Thrash, invented in the mid ‘80s. Relatively modern production work is the only thing that clearly tells you that this is a 21st century release. Speaking about the production, it could have been a bit more brutal. It takes away some of the “edge” every Thrash Metal release needs to have. This way sounds too calm for my taste.
At the same time, this calmness is nowhere to be found in the music itself. Slave Pit is aggressive enough in almost every department. I could do with a little more rage in the vocals. Speaking of which, what the hell happened to the vocalist at the start of “R.I.P. in Hell”? The majority of the release is made in fast or mid-tempo, with rhythm section just begging for your head to bang. Canonical Thrash Metal guitar and drum patterns are the trademarks of this album. Lyrics are also standard for the genre. Just your typical, war inspired verses and, at times, classical choruses perfect to sing along. They do vary them somewhat, with native language, which could be interesting.
The best feature of Slave Pit is that they keep their songs short and “to the point”, avoiding a collapse into boredom. That is really important considering that they lack a couple of catchy moments to make the album stick to the ears of the listener. This way “Massacre on the Battlefield” falls into the category of your average Thrash albums. Not bad, especially for the debut work, yet still needs a lot of work to make Slave Pit stand out above the masses.