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Promiscuity strikes again with "Basic Instinct"

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Promiscuity's "Basic Instinct"

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The headbangers from "israHELL" are back with a four track EP that will remind fans new and old why heavy metal is awesome. This recording is slightly faster (and no "Rock Around the Clock" sample here) but also less grimy (no!!!) overall than their previous demo "Infernal Rock n' Roll," but retains the high energy gusto that made it work so well.

The sleaze is on full display on the raucous opener "The Beauty and the Bitch" which features an excellent doomy intro, which then proceeds into a whipping guitar riff that slashes back and forth alongside Darkthrone-esque vocals. Said "Beauty" is pictured on the lovely album artwork, preparing to finish off her next victim. Male slasher misogyny is rampant in much modern extreme metal, so it is a bit refreshing to see a little bit more of the femme fatale anxiety that was popular within the old-school styles of the 80's.

The tracks are a bit more light on their feet than previous works from the band, featuring more thrash than black (in the crust sense). The central guitar solo in "Pedophile" is pure bliss and reminds the listener how capable the band is in playing this particular style. Deft fingers illustrate the passion that made them music what it was and the nostalgia what it is. "Maniac's Blues" is another entertaining rocker that lets the band get their boogie and mosh on. There is little more to be said about the merits of throwback black/thrash 'n' roll, as its popularity and sincerity speaks for itself.

The choice to cover Celtic Frost's "Into the Crypts of Rays" is an excellent one (Marduk and Cradle of Filth have their own versions too...Promiscuity's is better!), and summarizes the roots and appeal of a band like Promiscuity. And as a cover it is quite respectable, adding a bit of light with a cowbell scansion (also present during "Maniac's Blues") during the countdowns to breaks. Hearing the mid-80's masterpiece in a slightly more modern setting is also interesting itself. When looking over the lyrics of the tracks on the EP, it becomes how apparent how literate and ambitious Frost was for their time. Promiscuity sticks to a more Venom like approach lyrically, and they end up being workmanlike and effective. And it appears that the choice to include the cover is in fact based upon the lyrical content, as the "perversion" of 'Rays' is echoed all around in the actions of the three antagonists in each original track.

If a listener likes Celtic Frost's thrashier moments there is little reason to dislike anything else on this EP. Granted, these gentlemen are not Celtic Frost (Celtic Frost wasn't even Celtic Frost for awhile!) and their three original offerings are not genre defining, but they are good fun in the best possible way.

As a bit of an afterward, what might be missing is the presence of a more "serious" track like "Gybenhinnom" from the previous demo. Said song took a critical view towards the band's native land which in and of itself made it unique (and took guts as well!). There was a specificity in the content (musically and lyrically) of that song that is lost in using more general metal tropes, and pushed the music to the place occupied by Celtic Frost's own 'Rays.' The band should play the music and explore topics that they desire, but the promise of that older track leaves a bit of a hole here.

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