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WLM Reviews: Panikk – Discarded Existence

February 25, 2017
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Sometimes a band who purposely misspells their name is one to not take too seriously (White Wizzard, Ratt, Enuff Z’nuff, Limp Bizkit, et. al.). Of course there are exceptions on the other side (Amorphis, Megadeth, Kreator, Vektor). Panikk not only used an alternative spelling, but two “Ks”? Not sure what I’m getting into here.

Well, what we have is a killer Thrash Metal band hailing from Slovenia. Panikk’s sophomore album, Discarded Existence, on Xtreem Music dispels any kind of doubts about the music if one looks only at their name. I’ve also had questionable experiences with bands from Eastern Europe, save for just a handful (Vader, Skyforger, Signum Regis, Metsatoll, I’m sure there are others). Panikk has a powerful Thrash ethic combined with a touch of Crossover/Hardcore, mainly due to vocalist/guitarist Gašper Flere. His delivery reminds a lot of Kurt Brecht of DRI. So far, expectations exceeded.

One of the more compelling aspects of Discarded Existence has got to be the Bay Area influenced riffs. Not only does Panikk deliver quality Thrash riffs, but they also border on the complex quite a bit of the time. Not so much so that they lose the feeling of the songs – enough to make what might otherwise be an OK track into a blistering bombardment of guitar. Panikk really hits their stride three tracks in (although the first two are nothing to ignore) with Under Pretence, a massively intense display. At nearly five minutes, it still seems far too short. The following track, Individual Right, is just about as good.

The title track is all over the place, a bit chaotic yet under control. Ranging from a stomping basher to a pit-inducing assault, it’s a lot of fun. Actually the whole thing is fun, while exuding a significant level of heaviness. Not exactly fun in the Anthrax sort of way, but an enjoyable Thrashing maniac version of a good time. It’s nearly 40 minutes goes by way too fast – literally and figuratively.

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Have to say I’m pleasantly surprised by Discarded Existence. I didn’t expect a whole lot, but Panikk has proven to be a superb purveyor of Thrash Metal.  Be sure to check it out.

Great Album

I hear the sound in a Metal way.

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One Response to WLM Reviews: Panikk – Discarded Existence

  1. W. Hatewer on March 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Nice and exact review!

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