Yesterday, while i was doing my daily night ritual, that is "arranging/cleaning" my iTunes library i came across this band/album.. and almost forgot how good it is. Raw Radar War deliver the true gritty, nihilistic punk thrash on their debut "Double Equals". Raw Radar War take the gnarled street vibe of crusty hardcore and thrash and mix it with some elements of sludge to reinforce the tar-black urban feel of this album. Unrestrained shouting, bulldozing riffs, and pummeling drums drive "Double Equals" through its psychopathic journey, leaving no hope in sight even at the end. I've always loved really primal, aggressive music without frills, and that's the epitome of what this about is about.
The first three tracks on the album, all less than a minute long, pummel without abandon in pure heavy fashion, before Jerry's Kid's "Crucify Me" version kicks in with shit-storming riffs that utilize classic punk chord progressions and an awesome shouting chorus. Before exploding into another raging thrasher, "Lack of Fire Discipline" briefly introduces some of the doom influences of the album, expanded upon later with songs like "Rupture", "Process", and the 8-minute closer "Truckloads of Ammunition". Other highlights include the memorable "Your Prime Directive" and the beastly metal romp of "Vampire Command." This album is a fuckin' armored truck full of bombs heading your way. About time for these guys to launch something new.