Ultra-Violence’s sophomore effort, Deflect the Flow, is a prime example of the quality metal that is being created in Italy at this time. In this particular case, it is exquisite thrash. The first track, “Burning Through the Scars,” busts out of the gate like a crazed thoroughbred horse looking to claim the Triple Crown. The pace doesn’t let up until the final note is played and you are left wanting more. The remaining nine tracks come at you hard and fast, with the exception of a mid-tempo number called “Bang the Gavel” and a short instrumental interlude mid-way through the album.
To be honest, the only reason I clicked on this album on YouTube was due to the cover art. I am a die-hard fan of the film version of A Clockwork Orange and found myself instantly drawn to this album. In fact, I could not bring myself not to click on the image of Alex and his Droogs crammed into the Durango 95. All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed what I found once I arrived. Aside from the obvious visual reference to A Clockwork Orange, the Death Angel album The Ultra-Violence should also be cited. Even if it is not a direct reference to the band’s name, it ties together in the grand scheme of all things thrash. The lyric content of the songs is not directly related to A Clockwork Orange, but like most thrash albums, the themes of anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-etc., reign supreme. The second track on the album, “Why So Serious?” is a direct tribute to Joker from The Dark Knight and all of the lyrics are dialogue taken directly from the character in the film.
Loris Castiglia’s snarling vocal style is reminiscent of Megadeth, but make no mistake, these guys are no copy cats. When watching the official video for their song “The Way I’ll Stay”, you can see the band literally wears their influences on their chests. T-shirts from Destruction, Overkill, Testament, and Anthrax are worn with pride to let us know they’ve done their homework. They borrow from all the great thrash bands without being trite or repetitive, owning each song with their finely tuned sound and tight compositions. Loris does double duty by also contributing as rhythm guitarist. He and lead guitarist Andrea Vacchiotti set a blistering pace that is deftly matched by the grounding of bassist Roberto “Robba” Dimasi and drummer Simone Verre. Andrea’s solos don’t feel wedged in and complement the songs as a whole. Many of the songs contain the obligatory backing vocal chants that are a thrash mainstay, but the effect does not come off cheesy at all since they respect the roots of the genre in crafting their songs. Their cover of Venom’s “Burn the Witch” is a keeper. The only thing I have left to say is I can’t wait to hear their next album.