July 13 – Review by Nathan McLeod – WEAPONIZED – EVIL THOUGHTS (Demo USA)

Earlier this year I discovered a thrash metal / hardcore / punk band called ‘Weaponized’ on Instagram. They are a quintet hailing from the ‘City Of Angels’ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles … that formed in late 2018 and emerged last year with their debut demo release entitled, ‘Evil Thoughts’.

Like a lot of their metal / hardcore / punk predecessors from the ‘SoCal’ area, with ‘Weaponize’s’ opening track of ‘Casket Walls’ to the second track of ‘MindFuck’, I was immediately reminded of the influences of the mighty ‘Excel’ and ‘Beowulf’, the intensity of early ‘Hirax’ / ‘Suicidal Tendencies’, and the explosion of ‘Cryptic Slaughter’! What a powerful musical influential combination thus far!

Onto track three with ‘Abandoned’, I can very much hear the influences of ‘Weaponized’ broaden with an uncanny resemblance to ‘Cholos On Acid’, the choppiness of ‘DRI”, and brutality of the ‘Cro-Mags’. Have a listen to the ‘Abandoned (Music Video)’ – https://youtu.be/05kGZ_muSr0 READ MORE…