by Paul Smith
PA Music Scene.com
It’s impossible to listen to SickTrust and not think of Metallica—their self-titled set from 1991 that has stood the test of time and inspired many thousands of bands to pick up the guitar and play it loud. It’s too early to tell if Sicktrust’s self-titled set will gain similar notoriety but if metal’s your thing, the ST crew’s three guitarists provide layers of loud. Mike “Junior” Kornfield provides the vocals and base. Charles “Chaly” Piacentino and Jesus “Zeus” Gordiany add 10,000 watts of electric to the other two guitars. John Paul keeps the pace with percussion.
In typical death metal fashion, many of the tracks suggest dark themes in their titles and don’t disappoint when they’re given a listen. From track #1, “Ay Dios Mio” to #8 America, the frenzy of disillusionment never stops. The final track, “Dead and Buried”, is reminiscent of Metallica’s “Unforgiven” until it gives up the solemn sound and kicks right back in to do an encore on their first eight. To borrow a title from one of their selections, they’re “Not Yet Dead” but they’re trying.