Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Italian extreme metal band Bulldozer, whose debut alum The Day of Wrath was released on March 13, 1985.
This album is really hard to place. There are a lot of thrash elements to it, but there are a lot of black metal elements to it as well. The vocalist is definitely more black metal sounding, but the riffs are way more thrash sounding. It’s a very unique album for ’85. The riffs are really solid on this one to boot, and the lead guitar work is just as impressive. The vocalist is intense, and sounds almost demon like. It’s a really out of control album. If you’re a drumming fan, there’s a pretty cool solo in the beginning of “Whiskey Time” too.
The production to this album is pretty terrible. The drums are way back in the mix (with the exception of the drum solo), and I have a hard time making out what the vocalist is saying (not really like that matters too much, for me, since I’m not much of a lyrical person, though). It just sounds to noisy, and nothing is really clear except maybe the guitars.
Favorite Tracks: “Cut-Throat,” “Insurrection of the Living Damned,” “The Great Deceiver.”
If you like the idea of a thrash album with a lot of early black metal influences, there’s a ton to love about this album. The album really is intense, and out of control, so riff lovers will enjoy it. However, the terrible production might be the kiss of death for it, unless you can ignore it. If you don’t mind terrible production, you might find a hidden gem here, but don’t expect anything clean or too clear with this album.