9 / 10
"... one of the strongest and freshest Thrash Metal albums ... the band writes soulful Thrash Metal and can even do really good melody songwriting ..."
4 / 5
"… a major effort … and that this at times makes me think of Metallica’s debut album 'Kill Em All' is a major bonus point."
8,5 / 10
"RUNNING DEATH have just done everything right here and score especially with good songwriting ..."
8,2 / 10
"… equally cool, powerful and melodic … overwhelming songwriting, a touch of European Speed Power and European Thrash Metal, between Testament And Forbidden … great melodic work … with the great singer Simon Bihlmayer who, in addition to playing the six strings, has a voice recalling young Chuck Billy. 'Dressage' is Metal with the capital M, it has everything to break into the hearts of not only Thrashers but anyone who loves classic Metal cutting."
(In Your Eyes)
8 / 10
"Sick, twisted semi-technical Thrash Metal is the order of the day - with the added benefit of melodic hooks throughout especially on the musical side of the spectrum."
8 / 10
"… well-developed and coherent songs … 'DressAge' sets exactly where they had stopped after 'Overdrive'; and just leaves almost the entire competition in the Thrash Metal area on the left."
8 / 10
"For a band from Germany a real exceptional release ..."
3,5 / 5 - recommendable
"… the riffs, which always jump the listener directly in the face out of nowhere and catch with their melodies, speak for the album."
"With a hot sound that takes it cues from classic Megadeth and all of the greats of the German Thrash Metal scene, "DressAge" now joins that ever-expanding list and makes me proud of RUNNING DEATH's evolution! This is (throw some horns in the air) Thrash Metal with the kind of slick arrangements that put radio rock stars to shame."
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)
"'DressAge' is Thrash with sufficiently strong ties to its roots … RUNNING DEATH do a fine job proving you don’t have to completely change to grow as a band. Their biggest strength is still in their connection to the early and mid 80s."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)
"What we’ve seen so far makes us expect nothing less than a Thrash Metal sensation."
(Discovering Unknown Bands)
"… mix between north-American Speed Thrash with a touch of German Hard Rock/Metal … RUNNING DEATH leave no doubt regarding their technical proficiency … and the ability to compose. Picking up classical sonorities they’ve managed to combine them in a very balanced and harmonic way, so in weight as in melody, that way imprinting a personal touch that distinguishes them positively in the scene."
(Metal Em Portugal)
Kaufbeuren • Germany
With their 2015 debut album "Overdrive" they triggered a positive as well as far-reaching surprise-effect as a vertical starter, which attracted a multitude of worldwide fans.
Countless reviews attested the band around guitarist and singer Simon Bihlmayer with their 'dancing from the row' material, a very own, upscale class. Encouraged by this, the songwriting became even more hungry, but also more settled and determined.
And now RUNNING DEATH are back with a new work: "DressAge" titled, the second longplayer presents the crisp rocking THRASH METAL of the Bavarians in so far unheard freshness and dynamics!
Official release date for "DressAge" is May 26th, 2017.
Whoever, as a new listener wants to get a route for orientation in advance - many sorts of references to Megadeth lead in the correct direction. For friends of such stylistics, it should be difficult in any case to resist ultra-melodic and discreetly progressive rhythm-grenades like "Heroes Of The Hour".
Similar to the aforementioned US giants, RUNNING DEATH also let all classic, grippy Rock elements flow in homogeneously manner into their partly hit-suspicious staged Thrash alarm.
Even on the textual level, there is deliberately thought-through content. Often written with a pinched eye, the quartet's punctual lyrics are definitely the most readable in the genre.
With tracks like "Duty Of Beauty" for example, RUNNING DEATH humorously relate to the ever-dehumanizing fashion madness of today.
The natural, striking singing of frontman Simon, who already caused lively discussions with the successful debut-disk, breaks out of the ten new songs even more individual and uncompromising.
Even in the balladesque passages, the guitarist, as a convinced 100 % guy, simply inverts his innermost outwards with full emotion, instead of following the standards of the metier.
The detailed front cover for "DressAge" was created by the Mexican graphic artist Joel Sánchez Rosales, which was the perfect match for the lyrical relationship to the delicious dressage theme of the title song. (Markus Eck)
In this sense:
Save your breath for RUNNING DEATH … & get ready for DEADY!
May 26th, 2017
01. Courageous Minds 3.50
02. Dressage 4.33
03. Delusive Silence 3.25
04. Heroes Of The Hour 5.08
05. Duty Of Beauty 4.47
06. Numbers 5.24
07. Beneath The Surface 4.37
08. Anthem Of Madness (Instrumental) 4.26
09. Safety Second 5.34
10. Refuse To Kill 4.12
total: 45.55 min.
Simon Bihlmayer (Guitar, Vocals)
Daniel Baar (Guitar)
Andrej Ramich (Bass)
Jakob Weikmann (Drums)
RUNNING DEATH • Contact:
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