UK thrashers Shrapnel will release their third full length album Palace For The Insane on 15th May via Candlelight Records.
Palace For The Insane lives up to its title with heroic ferocity, combining a relentless barrage of insane riffs, shredding leads, pounding rhythms, and savage vocals. Shrapnel’s trademark extreme aggression remains a fundamental part of their sound, but this time around they exhibit vastly more dynamism, versatility and newly-refined songwriting skills.
“We wanted to step out of our comfort zone a little this time round”, says lead guitarist Nathan Sadd. “We knew we could pound out 10 relentless thrash songs fairly easily, but we wanted the challenge of writing a really memorable, diverse record. We wanted to write songs. I think we achieved that. The album definitely contains the most memorable and hooky stuff we’ve ever written, while still being thrashy and brutal.”
Palace For The Insane marks Shrapnel’s first recorded venture as a four-piece. Their first album recorded in collaboration with Samuel Turbitt of Ritual Sound Studios, it feels like a wholesale creative rebirth, with the voracious energy of a debut.
While taking on complex subject matters, the album is not shy in paying homage to Shrapnel’s old-school thrash roots. Those more partial to the faster side of this purest form of thrash will be floored by the sheer speed and technical wizardry of songs “Bury Me Alive”, “The Mace”, and “Infernal Choir”. This is definitely a new and improved Shrapnel, but necks are still going to get utterly wrecked.
“We might be experimenting a little more these days, but we never turn our back on our absolute love for thrash. This one shreds harder, its angrier, and at times, it’s grittier. It was fueled by an enormous amount of frustration and anger, and a ton of fun too,” concludes Nathan. “Thrash is in our blood. And that side of us is going nowhere.”
Formed in 2009, Shrapnel have been on a campaign of destruction ever since. From the blistering underground EP No Saviours through to the 10th anniversary release in 2019, Decade of Decimation, the band has grown from strength to strength with no intention of slowing down.