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Special UK edition of the Metal band’s 2008 album featuring two bonus tracks: covers of ’Ghostriders In The Sky’ and ’Lookin’ Out My Back Door’. Blooddrunk is the band’s first new release in two years and was produced by Mikko Karmila, who helped to explore and expand the band’s trademark Heavy Metal sound. 11 tracks including the first single ’Blooddrunk’. Spinefarm.

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  • I was greatly saddened to hear the news that the only original member of the band, bassist Dom, had finally left Throwdown to focus on other things. just when the band had finally reached the moment and popularity they had always been struggling for, he decide to leave. Oh well…………….maybe he’ll be back.
    Anyway, throwdown have always been one of my favorite bands. Even though i am far from being straight edge, i still enjoy this band greatly. Their music is brutal and powerful, and you can really hear the anger and conviction in singer Dave Peter’s vocals.
    Musically, this release is a lot more reminiscent of pantera than any of their other releases. Whether dime’s passing had something to do with this or not, i dont know. Acually, a long with A perfect Murder’s “Strength through Vengeance”, “Vendetta” made me sad, cuz it reminded me a little too much of pantera, and what once was, and what will never be again for that band.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD is the Alpha Male of the Hardcore genre. Hardcore bands have been less than impressive for quite sometime. This release should be a turning point and a blueprint of what is to come, in Hardcore music. Everything less impressive than this, will be the same old cut and paste Hardcore.
    The Pantera influence is here, “Vulgar” era, but that is what make this album so enjoyable. Well done! This bands deserves some respect, for this “5 star” album. There is not a dull moment on this Disc.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • this is gym music. this is ass kicking music. this is getting your head caved in music. this is a vendetta. now kill fred durst! this about as true as it gets for hardcore. honor, pride, and strength. this album is true and solid.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’m sure I’m not the first one to say this (and I won’t be the last, either), but “Vendetta” is like Pantera meets Hatebreed. Some of the spiteful, caustic riffs echo Dimebag Darrell, but it’s the singer’s howls that really bring Pantera to mind. Vocalist Dave Peters switches off between Phil Anselmo-like shrieks and Hatebreed-esque bellows and shout alongs.

    “Vendetta” may not be 100% new or innovative, and they may actually sound too much like Pantera and Hatebreed at times, but when the C.D. sounds this great, how can you complain? And Throwdown aren’t one of those metalcore bands that sound like they have blatantly ripped-off somebody else’s sound. Mixing old-school metal like Pantera with a modern, hardcore band like Hatebreed is actually a pretty original idea, too.

    The album begins with “We Will Rise,” which shoots out of the starting gate with a riff that vaguely sounds like a lawn mower, explosive double bass drumming, and a very Hatebreed-esque bellow of “We will rise!” Next comes “Speak the Truth;” a song cascading, slow buzzsaw riffs and a couple of Phil-y howls. My personal favorite song on here is the title track. It has thumping drums, and more scorching, sometimes machine gun riffs. Track four, “Burn,” has another strong guitar lead, with pounding, stutter-stepping riffs and a long, extended yell near the end. “Discipline” has grooving riffs, fast drumming, and more Phil Anselmo-esque screams. “To Live Is To Sacrifice” features running, up and down riffs which turn to crunchy, fast chug and churn riffs. This song also includes a cool shout-along of “Fight!” “Give My Life” has more pounding riffs and a guitar solo even flares up, “The World Behind” has blindingly fast, machine gun riffs, and “Shut You Down” alternates between pounding/booming guitar noise and heavy, churning riffs. Then, track ten, “Annihilation (N.W.D.),” has a churning rhythm with cannon-fire double bass work. And the album closer, the appropriately named “This Is Where It Ends” plows straight ahead with more scorching riffs.

    As aforementioned, this C.D. isn’t 100% new or innovative, but it is 110% full of energy, raw aggression, and hooks. Throwdown may have arrived at the metalcore scene late, but I still recommend this album to all metalcore fans and metalheads in general, because this band is just as powerful and good as any other band out there today.

    A side note: if you can’t find “Vendetta” at your local record store, try looking in the “hardcore-punk” section, because that’s where it was (for some odd reason) when I bought it.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I, as a person who listens to a massive variety of music, was impressed with Throwdown’s new CD. Pantera is one of my favorite bands, and in terms of metalcore/hardcore, Throwdown is one of my favorites as well. I liked Haymaker, but as a few reviewers said before, Dave was swearing left and right, and it seemed that by the time the CD was at track 10, you were already sick of it. It got really repetitive near the end, and the only reason that I listened to track 9-14 was to hear Raise Your Fist.

    But with Vendetta, it’s a whole different story. They’ve made a few lineup changes once again (it seems with every CD, their lineup changes) and with Vendetta, you get the same heavy band that provides brutal breakdowns and in-your-face riffs, but interlaced in each of the 11 tracks is a Pantera-esque kind of feel.. The vocalist, truth be told, sounds a bit like Phil Anselmo, the singer of Pantera.

    1. We Will Rise – A great start to an amazing CD. This song doesn’t pull any punches. When I first heard this song, I was very impressed with the new guitarist, particularly near the end, during the breakdown, where he incorporated this cool little riff into it. Very good song. 9.5/10

    2. Speak The Truth – This track was the first I heard off of the CD. Very brutal track, and when Dave yells the chorus “SPEAK THE TRUTH!”, it sends shivers down your spine. 9/10

    3. Vendetta – My absolute favorite track on the CD. This song starts off with a fast riff and it just gets faster and crazier until halfway through, when what I think of as their most brutal breakdown. Amazing song. 10/10

    4. Burn – The first single off of the CD, and the second song I had heard off the CD. The first couple of listens didn’t do much for me, but after a few listens, it really stuck onto me. I thought this song was a little generic… It sounded like A LOT of the stuff that’s out there today. Just the general setup of the song… but the chorus comes around, it makes up for the blandness of the song.. 8.5/10

    5. Discipline – This song, at one point in time, was my least favorite on the CD, but I’ve listened to the CD quite a lot since I first bought it, and this is actually one of my favorites. I love the harmonics in the middle of the song by the guitarist. Very cool and very Pantera like. 9.5/10

    6. To Live Is To Sacrifice – A nice heavy track that keeps a very up tempo throughout the entire song. A crazy, sick breakdown at the end and throughout the song. The lyrics are a bit… repetitive, but I liked the song. It kept me energized. 9/10

    7. Give My Life – My second favorite song on the CD. I just love how the guitar pummels your ears every time you listen to it. The lyrics are very good… It seems Dave Peters has spent more time thinking about what he’s writing. Very impressive song, with a crazy breakdown at the very end. 10/10

    8. The World Behind – A very good song.. one of the weaker tracks on the CD, I think, but I love the chorus to the song. Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage guest stars in this (you can tell when his gruff, deep voice overlaps Dave’s) 8.5/10

    9. Shut You Down – A crazy song.. I didn’t listen to this one too much when I first got the CD, but lately, it’s been one of those songs that I keep on repeat for a few listens. A nice heavy track. 9/10

    10. Annihilation(NWD) – This was, by far, my least favorite track on the CD. I thought that it ran on a bit too long, and also, it just was a lot more slower then most Throwdown songs are. It was an alright song, but it just didn’t cut it for me.7.5/10

    11. This Is Where It Ends – This song is under 2 minutes, but is still enough to get your blood boiling. Dave’s lyrics are lined with hate, and the guitar and drums are just so insane, that you can’t help but get up and jump around to it. Very great end to a GREAT cd. 10/10

    All in all, i thought that this CD stands up much better then Haymaker.. Haymaker was good, but I thought it fell apart halfway through. This one stands strong throughout the whole thing.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now