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Kremated play Thrash Metal. Horrible, aggressive Thrash.
Kremated pride themselves on being "a bit different" to many of the current crop of Retro Thrash bands, in as much as they are taking it right back to the aggression of the mid 80's ("when Thrash and Crossover had balls" - Pete Dee), and happily avoiding any songs about Satan, skateboards or bongs. They are by no means a "retro" outfit though, despite having roots in the 80s scene, Metal and Hardcore (the two main components of Thrash) have moved on dramatically in the last 30 years, and Kremated are happy to embrace all manner of influences, and not afraid to pepper the mix with the occasional gang vocal, breakdown or blastbeat.
The band have notched up an impressive run of successes in 2013, including a record crowd attendance for their set at Bloodstock Festival in August, Beermageddon Festival, full house shows in London, and a plethora of good reviews, both for their live work, and the "Total Warfare" mini album. 2014 is looking very promising, with appearances at Full Thrash Assault and Rock And Metal Circus, dates with Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed, and the recording of the long awaited second CD, a full length released on May 16th 2014. The band are playing dates round the UK and looking at offers for Europe. Kremated are honoured to count members of Onslaught, Anihilated, Beholder, Lawnmower Deth, Acid Reign and Virus as fans.
The band was formed in London in 2011 by Pete Dee, the prime directive was to bring back the original sound of bands like Onslaught, Anihilated and Venom, and draw from the influences of the genre in the early to mid 1980s, when it was still an underground force being played out in sweaty clubs throughout the land. Thrash Metal in those days was a pure fusion of the harder side of Metal and the UK82 Punk scene, with added fury and rhythms inspired by New York Hardcore. Kremated want to take that further, Thrash was always about pushing boundaries after all.
Kremated's first show was a warmup slot for a "Metal To The Masses" competition in March 2012 just to try it out live, and to their astonishment, they won the heat by a landslide. 3 months later, they were in the finals, and came 4th out of 168 bands. This led to a showcase at the London Underworld (supporting Bull Riff Stampede and Splintered Soul), and the band were shortlisted for Bloodstock Festival. Nobody in the crowd had seen anything quite like this, assuming Thrash Metal was the sole preserve of "The Big 4" and retro bands like Warbringer and Havok. Kremated gave them a taste of the old sound, the "missing link" if you like.
Kremated are comprised of Pete Dee (Vocals/Guitar), Marcus Bjoro (Guitar), Elliott Parkin (Bass) and Jack Morris (Drums). All members are fanatical about music, and do this for the sheer love of playing it. The band are 100% committed to doing things the right way, and self-book, self-record and self-release out of their own pockets, as well as doing their own merchandising. When the time came to record the debut CD in 2012, they formed and licensed their own imprint (Fiery Gun Hand Records) and doing every single bit of the work themselves from the ground up. The results were far beyond what anyone expected. Reviews were all favourable, between 7/10 and 9/10 across the board, which was very pleasing for a band who had only been going a year! The new album (Three Minute Warning) was released on CD, Vinyl and Cassette in May 2014, and has recieved great reviews. It features 11 tracks, and guest appearances from Simon Cobb (Anihilated) and Pelbu (Knuckledust).
FOR FANS OF:
Onslaught, Exodus, Destruction, Venom, Warfare, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Terror, Discharge, Knuckledust, SSS, Gama Bomb, Cro-Mags, Suicidal Tendencies.
"Three Minute Warning holds up from start to finish in a pretty spectacular fashion without dipping in overall quality at any point. It's just brutish, in-your-face metal (punk?) that gets a big fucking gold star for daring to try and be different."
5/5 - Brutalism.com (May 25 2014)
"Right from the start they set the tone with the crushing riff of “Wake the Fuck Up”, but you're in for a treat. “Into Battle” picks up your pieces and scatters 'em to the walls, with the rest of the album following. A furious Thrash-meets-Hardcore-winks at-Punk fusion with anthemic choruses, punky gang vocals, well placed solos, crushing riffs, tons of energy, and to top it all, tight playing. Running at barely under 41 minutes, “Three Minute Warning” really keeps you at it with no holds barred. I'm really impressed how KREMATED try to be different and succeed at that.
If you enjoy aggressive metal (or punk whatsoever) of the late 80s – early 90s you'd better buy this album and enjoy it as I did. Just play it loud, otherwise you're missing half the fun!"
8/10 - Metal Temple.com (May 28 2014)
“Demonstrating the measured calm that can only come from a frontman whose first words to the audience were “I’ve had enough!” Kremated unleashed a set of thrash-punk with Strapping Young Lad’s pyroclastic torrent of screamed anger. Rage is such a common theme of metal that it’s easy to become jaded, but vocalist Pete Dee is one of the few who can still seem genuinely aggressive behind a microphone despite his wry and affable stage banter. Equipped with fast riffs that were as sharp as their vitriolic lyrics, this was both a worthy farewell to departing drummer Jimmy Martin and a bright portent for Kremated’s future.”
- Nicholas Cleeve, onemetal.com (Nov 05, 2014)
"When your first song is called “Total Warfare” and your second is “Three Minute Warning” you are only going to sound one way – indeed you should only sound one way – and happily Londoners Kremated do not disappoint. Superb, fast old skool hardcore thrash metal, all of which is delivered by the extremely impressively bearded Pete Dee on vokills (sic) as though as his life depends on it. Music the way it used to be made, and still would be if most modern thrash had any balls – hell, they even dedicate “Bastards” to their friends the headliners. Even a stand-in bass player can’t tame them. As they say themselves: Thrash. Ain’t. Dead. Like being glassed by your new favourite band."
- Andy Thorley, http://maximumvolumereviews.co.uk (Aug 22, 2014)
- Nicholas Cleeve, onemetal.com (Nov 05, 2014)
(KREMATED, Live at Camden Underworld Feb 2014, supp Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed)
"Tonight is a triple bill of crossover thrash that could easily be labelled as the 'Done It, Doing It & Will Do it' considering the nature of each bands career. The venue is a veritable jungle of battle jackets, denim, studs and hair as local thrashers Kremated ('will do it') to get the ball rolling and have obviously brought friends and fans in mass judging by the enthusiastic response from the first power-chord and the jovial mosh pit that starts halfway through the first song; makes a change from the support band receiving apathetic stares from the bar. Aided and abetted by the front man Pete Dee’s banter with the assembled throng provides a cheerful atmosphere but the performance is all business with high quality up tempo tight thrash anthems including 'Thrash Aint Dead' and 'Bastards' but it’s the debut of a brand new song that sees them step up another level. Stand-up comic Andrew O’Neill head banging front row center must count as a seal of approval!"
Andrew Rawlinson, Echoes And Dust (Feb 26 2014)
“South London-based thrash quartet Kremated spice up their old-school, high-velocity assault with a generous helping of snarling hardcore punk attitude, and during their time on the New Blood Stage, they waste no time in getting the crowd involved. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Dee’s on-stage banter is inclusive and insistent, good-naturedly goading the audience to greater levels of participation. Their crunchy, catchy material does the rest of the work for them, D-beat laced thrash anthems seemingly written specifically to bypass higher brain function in favour of tweaking the ‘get in a pit and love somebody’ synapses. As charging and aggressive as Kremated‘s songs are, there’s an infectious vein of carefree abandon and party attitude shot through them. By the time the band play their signature anthem ‘Thrash Ain’t Dead’, this blend of headlong thrashing and devil-may-care attitude has done its job admirably, and the New Blood Stage is a sweaty, swirling mess”
Philip Whitehouse, Onemetal.com (Oct 2013)
“Kremated (9), however, are in the mood to destroy. A horrible blend of old-school thrash and filthy punk is exactly what the New Blood stage wanted for lunch and the carnage is beautiful. I think the thrash-fest on the main stage today made them the perfect opening act and they don't fuck around when their 30 minutes comes around. Neon Halo (7) don't make anywhere near as much impact. It's a spirited showing of gnarly death metal but can't get anywhere near the previous bands manic endeavour.”
Ben Alexander, Scribes Of Metal (Sep 2013)
"Kremated T- shirts were abound at Beermageddon – worn by many a true fan. Deservedly so, they pre warned everybody they were going to wake up Saturday – and by Hell they certainly did. Bloodstock set and much more this year, Kremated are creating a stir, no doubt in your nether regions, full heavy MF’s in your face."
Nicki Petcher, Metal Family (Sep 2013)
“There’s no such thing as ‘too much thrash metal on a Sunday afternoon’, so we head off to the New Blood Stage to catch the British metallers Kremated. Today they have managed to gather quite a crowd, as they deliver an intense set of thrash metal with added elements of old-school hardcore and punk. Their music simply calls for a mosh-pit, but unfortunately, the crowd is a little steady in the beginning of their set. Maybe the hangovers are finally kicking in? However, Kremated attitude and musical approach is full-on, as they deliver an aggressive and truly brutal set. As the band shreds away, the singer Pete Dee delivers raw thrash metal vocals and makes sure that the energy level stays up high. The audience has warmed up towards the end of the set and Kremated really come across as the perfect band to watch before bands like Exodus, Anthrax and Slayer take the Main stage later on tonight. (3.5/5)”
Anna Dumpe, Metal-Rules (Sep 2013)
"Kremated are one such unsigned band that deserves recognition for keeping this genre in attack mode. Superb composition that screams 80’s and allows such people as myself to revel in what I missed previously."
(Blackenedhorde.com Aug 2012)
"Barely 3 months ago KREMATED (8/10) burst onto the scene and proceeded to kick the living daylights out of local venues. In a way it was expected when you consider Pete Dee (ex-Rogue Male) and Alex Lewis (Inner Fire) feature in the ranks meaning there were no tentative steps, just immediate balls to the wall metal. Today they are really something to behold, their punked up euro-thrash decimating all before them. In front man Pete Dee they have this conduit of power and aggression which is spat so effectively into each and every person in the room you almost get the urge to riot. Every sneer and growl compliments the filthy leads. This isn't the clean and mechanically enhanced sound of thrash in 2012 but the dark, guttural and dirty thrash that exploded out of the sweat box venues of the early eighties and in today's climate sounds fresher than ever. Thrash may not be dead but Kremated are here to make bloody sure it doesn't sound like it's been edited for Kerrang radio."
(Alan Hicks, Rock Matrix Jun 2012)
"Kremated are really punching through the wall with this E.P. Pushing boundaries and making a good name for them on the scene and here’s to them as this is lively and brilliant thrash metal with a nice pinch of crust punk so making this a delicious snack to feast upon – roll on the next Kremated CD. It should be in every metal heads CD collection!"
9/10 (Blackenedhorde.com Oct 2012)
“KREMATED - 'Total Warfare' You want a blitz? Look at world war two documentaries, however if you want a blitz-storm then get a load of historical Thrash Metal produced by London masters of grit, the quartet known as Kremated. Returning from the pits of the south bank, Kremated thrust forward their latest offering 'Total Warfare' in epic fashion, through a myriad of tempo-changing tracks and outrageous riffs, both together powerful enough to make an AK-47 look like a spent lump of corrugated metal. Moral is if you think the old styles of metal are dead, if you feel that the 'core' genres are the best style of metal ever, you would be mistaken, 'Total Warfare' delivers thrashed-up music along with Hardcore brutality and slick Crustpunk atmosphere, just make sure you turn the speakers up past 13 or else.”
9/10 (Rhys Stevenson, Global Metal Apocalypse, Oct 2012)
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