Originally released in 2008 as a download-only affair, the second Suicide Watch album sought to consolidate the growing reputation these Brits had earned with their Global Warning debut.
Suicide Watch: Figure Head Of Pain
A British thrash gem unearthed and enhanced
Featuring two former members of UKHC diehards Stampin’ Ground, this ferocious quartet play thrash metal with a dirty, pugilistic edge, eschewing the hardcore crossover leanings of their modern US counterparts and focusing on a thrillingly British take on the genre that, for all its precise belligerence, owes a subtle spiritual debt to the muscular but raw punk rock blitzkrieg of Slaughter And The Dogs and One Way System.
Death Support System and Make No Mistake exhibit a mastery of the riffs, hooks and pinpoint rhythmic about-turns that have long made the best thrash such a visceral joy. The whole thing sounds oddly timeless, too, the original album’s unfussy production job enhanced by a deft remastering job. This reissue features four bonus studio cuts and some endearingly grubby live material, all of which slays like Saint George on cheap street speed.