Some people are born to rock; a few are born to thrash and Suicide Watch definitely belongs to the latter!
Late 2003 saw four guys; enthusiastic veterans of the thrash, hardcore and crossover scenes get together in the back alleys of Cheltenham England to form Suicide Watch, a band committed to relentless musical mayhem. The debut album, Global Warning, was a perfect demonstration highlighting the band’s ability to distill their collective knowledge of the genre resulting in one of the most potent thrash core releases outside of the Bay Area. The album was picked up and released in 2005 via legendary Belgian metal label Mausoleum Records.
Having signed to Irish label, Slaney Records, in 2010 for the release of their third studio record The Culling of Humanity, the label would go on to release The Alienation Zone EP in 2014 and live album This Cursed Earth in March 2015. Marquee Records, (a sister label of Slaney Records), has now announced that they will breathe new life into the debut Suicide Watch record, re-issuing Global Warning on 22nd June 2015
The long and short of it is, these four guys know each other’s playing styles back to front, and inside out; the chemistry within Suicide Watch is second to none. They genuinely live and breathe the music they play and in fact, the thirteen songs on Global Warning were written over the course of just twelve rehearsals, and recorded, mixed and mastered (live onto analogue tape with none of the digital trickery so often employed by modern thrash bands) in only four days at Whitehouse Studios.
As well as a devastating sonic attack, Suicide Watch pride themselves on positive, sincere lyrics; they are four compassionate, caring individuals that have something of genuine value to impart to the listener. That’s why you won’t find any songs about Satan and ‘bangin’ the head on Global Warning. The world is going to hell at a rate of knots, there’s more important issues at stake right now than who is more metal than whom, and consequently the band’s lyrical thrust is steeped in the grim reality of modern life.
But whether you buy into the band’s politically charged agenda or not, there’s no denying that this is a righteous thrash metal album in the vein of such greats as Vio-lence, Testament, Kreator, Dark Angel, Exodus, Slayer and Anthrax. Even the striking cover art, by the legendary Ed Repka (Megadeth, Evil Dead, Nuclear Assault, Biohazard), is reminiscent of that golden age of extreme metal of the mid- to late-eighties.