"With the new EP "Unseen Repulsions", AGGRAVATOR serve us six fine new thrash grenades. Let's start with the title track "Unseen Repulsions". A fast, brutal opener with wonderfully aggressive, blackened death/thrash vocals and great guitar work...Throughout the listening, it becomes clear that AGGRAVATOR work very professionally and always strive to develop more complex and nuanced reef ideas...It is worth highlighting the strong vocal performance of the singer/guitarist Derek Jones, who gives the songs a very strong intensity, but never seems uncontrolled or set. Always with a certain degree of control to present the verses accentuated and precisely...Track number 5 "Bounty Hunter" is outstanding. Here AGGRAVATOR has succeeded in creating a grandiose MOLLY HATCHET cover version, in the style of old VENOM with MOTÖRHEAD influences, which alternately is set in midtempo and grooves without end. Very strong"
"The album starts out with the title track and right from the get-go, it reels you in. The sound is fast and dark. The guys connect riff after riff, barely leaving you any time to catch your breath. Then they slow down a little, mostly to make room for a small solo interlude. The overall mood of the song is quite sinister...The band uses a great push and pull effect to drive the song forward. This works especially well with drummer Mike Cortes‘s beats..."
"“Unseen Repulsions” is very much the complete package. Everything from the production to the performances is top-notch. The guitar solos show that Aggravator’s fretwork is at least on par with their contemporaries...While it’s possible that these tracks are straight forward, Aggravator doesn’t make it easy to tell, as they jump from riff to riff constantly. Still, a lot of people don’t come to this music for its accessibility; they come to be beat over the head with riffs, and Aggravator achieves that handily with “Unseen Repulsions”."
"When you’ve established credibility with a proven formula, it’s all about continuing to set the bar high in terms of songwriting, hooks, execution to package things in the most professional manner possible. That’s what you’ll hear through the latest six-song outing from this band...The opening title track features everything from a lightning quick tom roll intro from Mike Cortes to menacing rabid guitars and venomous vocals as if Slayer and Kreator were racing to the finish line for thrash supremacy. From there you’ll get solid chops and frantic riffing – the music providing boundless energy as the hands fly up and down the fretboard, only relinquishing momentum in key spots for massive pit-wielding breaks, of which “Fragmented Reality” sets the table for some serious carnage when we get back to live shows. The up and down power chords from the Molly Hatchet cover of “Bounty Hunter” fit the outfit very well, proving that southern rock and metal have many parallels as far as presentation and emphasis on musicianship...the mysterious cover also is a refreshing change from skulls or apocalyptic scenery."
"Thank fuck San Antonio, Texas classicist thrash metal troupe Aggravator were able to weather their way to a Mark II configuration beyond tragedy and revive in good form...The four major pieces here kick off with the sole single and title track “Unseen Repulsions“, an skin-masked chainsawing bastard of an opener that blazes through its 3:33 minute rip with Aggravator‘s characteristic bile, a peak Kreator-sized composition meant to showcase their imposing riff attack while presenting an underlying groove,... If ‘Unseen Repulsions’ is a hint as to where the next Aggravator full-length is headed, sign me up because they still rule. A high recommendation."
"what I like about “Unseen Repulsions” is the pure Thrash Metal approach. No unfamiliar influences, just genuine and pure Thrash Metal. Another highlight are the aggressive vocals, more some kind of singing and not that kind of husk shouting that, at least to my ears, often ruins Thrash Metal releases...The current EP has a more clear sound and AGGRAVATOR have emancipated themselves from the godfathers of Thrash Metal, so “Unseen Repulsions” is for sure a Thrash Metal highlight."
"Unseen Repulsions is twenty minutes of classic thrash metal that could have easily been recorded in the mid-1980s, let alone 2021, and the raw production allows the songs to snarl out of the speakers...but perhaps the biggest moment is the solo, the first from bassist Tristan Hernandez, who took on lead guitar duties from Lopez, and an indication of how AGGRAVATOR have overcome their difficulties. Suffice to say, it rips, and will be of great relief to those who have loved the band since their beginnings thirteen years ago...AGGRAVATOR still have plenty left in the tank and can be just as brutal in their new guise. Long may their career continue."
"I like old and ashy bones, I love fire! I like when music burns, is honest, uncompromising and it can crush a skull with pressure. I visit abandoned catacombs to find the real old school metal! I got to know AGGRAVATOR when I walked alone in the underground trails. Immediately, they leaned me on their side with their sharp thrash metal in the style of old KREATOR, SODOM, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE, SADUS, MORBID SAINT. I really like similar dirty and rotting thrash metal. I am dying and being born again while listening to "Unseen Repulsions""Unseen Repulsions" is an album which contains dark, high-octane thrash metal of the highest quality. Underground but at the same time sharp sound, absolute deployment and riffs which are so painful they will make you an operation without any anaesthesia. All of this are AGGRAVATOR . Thrash metal killers from Texas who will gave you a trepanation of your skull with their music. Mosh-pit! Head banging! Satan and the war with the sky! Death! Once when I will be rotting in my grave I would like to hear similar music in my coffin! Killer thrash metal forever! An album sharp as a knife!"
"As a mini-LP, this release is a classic "winner" that would not achieve such a concise effect in a longer form as with "only" six compact tracks..."Unseen Repulsion" now marks something of a new beginning.
And what a thing: The title track looks like 'Flag of Hate' by Mille and Co. on steroids, before 'Fragmented Identity' goes through as a playfully more thoroughly sophisticated variant of what Demolition Hammer did on their only two albums without compromise. Impressive as well as in the further course: CONCLUSION: Animal fun death thrash of exceptional energy bundles from the United States. Do you remember Ramming Speed? AGGRAVATOR are on par with them as a trio against will!"
"The first song and title track begins with a brief drum roll and we are THRASH!Immediately all the treasured hallmarks of this genre burst into view. Clean but nasty vocals sing over a technically accomplished band. Not long before we get to the riff breakdown causing metalheads to smile and head bang, while reaching for white high top trainers and a bullet belt or studded wrist band. This short blast of a track concludes with speeding aggression...Heavy metal pours from the speakers contaminating any fan listening. I say fan because if you like your thrash then you are already a fan of this album, you just may not know it yet. The precision of the crunch, and power of the riff is compelling and irresistible.
"Listening to the four new songs + a MOLLY HATCHET cover ("Bounty Hunter") and a newly recorded version of "Seven Swords" from the already out-of-print debut record "Age Of Combat", I rather get the impression that AGGRAVATOR are now more technically savvy and tighter than in previous days. However, the original bite and aggressiveness have been maintained...One could still wonder what would have happened at the end of the 80s if AGGRAVATOR had already been at the start with its current quality. However, I enjoy this here and now more and strongly recommend "Unseen Repulsions" to anyone who loves the old DARK ANGEL or DEMOLITION HAMMER."
"Pummelling drums and speeding riffs fire into a frenzy of old school thrashing mania, immediately harkening back to the glory days of Slayer, Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. Visceral vocals drive forth a further aggression atop the ravenous and feral guitar and drum onslaught, it is a fast realisation that these Texan maniacs will only present the most raw, traditional ideas in the Teutonic vein of the 80s...The tightness of the musicians and the rather cutting production allows the flow of these 6 tracks to be easy to follow and memorable in their speeding insanity while not feeling polished or tepid. The more anthemic moments bring to mind Razor and Exciter while fitting seamlessly into the overall patchwork of blistering, mental Thrash Metal carnage. Those who were afraid that the genres roots were long forgotten need to hear bands such as Aggravator who really do nail the best days of the genre, while not feeling outdated or like some cheap tribute to cash in on nostalgia, these guys have plenty of killer ideas (especially riffs) of their own. The musicianship is phenomenal and even more importantly the feel of the record is absolutely ideal for the sound they are conveying. A monolith of old school thrashing ferocity."
"Angry thrash practiced by these Americans, as can be seen in Unseen Repulsions that raises the curtain with machete in hand, without any kind of intro or anything like it, with a Morbid Saint or Kreator style. 80. It should also be noted that in addition to that raw sound they are able to deliver some guitar arrangements adorning the theme in an interesting way, as well as some pauses where they give it a black touch...They don't beat around the bush or big filigrees, they make an aggressive thrash and with enough technique so that the songs have both power and quality. They are still in good shape despite all the difficulties they have been through."
"...it has old roots and energy to give away. It's dense, uncompromising, really fast in places, what else we can want from a good thrash recording. Maybe the fifth song "Bounty Hunter" stands out from the whole, in which the band poured a bit of metal roll. Anyway, I was interested in the recording and I recommend it to any thrasher who wants to try some new quality."
"Hard-core thrash metal. Rough and fast. The vocals blackmetalize, the distortion on the guitars is at its maximum, the rhythms are seductively extreme. It is the thrash of the lumberjack, not of the groove or the melody. Old-fashioned, primitive, aggressive. If you've heard their older material, you know what to expect, just add a little more violence... As music it has nothing to offer but a concentrated dose of violence and adrenaline together. Six compositions lasting a total of twenty minutes as if promising small, explosive doses of thrash metal.Riffs that cut like chainsaws"
"The group practices uncompromising Thrash Metal embellished with Death Metal influences. I find their sound much rougher than in the past. On the track Unseen Repulsions , we clearly find the big nagging sound of the group. The drums hit the ground running and the guitar solos are super well written. The parts without vocals are very catchy and make you want to headbang to the bottom of the body...I find this album of great quality, like the rest of their discography for that matter."
"If the riff at 1:15 of “Desensitized Devotion” doesn’t send all the furniture in your bedroom flying out the window, you and I want very different things out of our thrash...I’ll always have a soft spot for ’80s thrash that knows how to take even the briefest of pauses from careening wildly through dead man’s curve riffs to properly bang heads against concrete slabs. Aggravator rarely slow down, but when they do, they do so with aplomb."
" They soldier on throughout this EP, achieving their tightest and most brutal recording to date with some intensifying focus on pensive, morbid thrash songs in the tradition of ye olde threshold between 80’s death metal and early 90’s thrash metal precision....Throughout the whole of the full listen it becomes clear that Aggravator are bent on crafting more complex and nuanced riff ideas, stretching out architectural builds atop jagged ‘arena thrash’ breakdowns for a wailing hit of brutal thrash in the spirit of ’91 but with the fidelity of 2019."
"listen to the first track "Desensitized Devotion" to see these influences, in fact this song is excellent, a first-rate Thrash metal, the best of this EP without a doubt...."while "Carnal Forms" and "Frantic Repressions" show up with intense guitar riffs and the EP ends with "Suspended Agonal Breathing "that also stands out.
In general this EP is very good..."
"the one undeniable fact is that Aggravator, both band and album, brilliantly rip like it’s 1989...The EP strikes on a more personal level as well, as Aggravator features the lead guitar/solo work of late guitarist Jesse Lopez, who passed away last year at the age of 29. It’s always great to see a band triumph in the face of perils and hard times and especially triumph in putting out such great material that features and honors a fallen brother. Regardless of whatever the future may bring, the reality of the here and now is that Aggravator has struck gold with this EP. Though how could they have not? When you can produce material that has a South of Heaven-circa like quality, but with an authorship talent akin to Schuldiner, Azagthoth, Shaefer, Mameli and the likes, great songs are destined to happen."
"you get an EP that, despite its brevity, skins most modern releases three times its length alive. Some top-notch songwriting holds it all together, sporting enough attitude and ferocity to make posers within a 50-mile radius flee in sheer terror."
"Having listened to this work really left me with positive feelings, I think it was really a pleasant discovery and this state of happiness for having met a new band is not easy to prove. To be honest, it happens more and more rarely to listen to something that strikes you, especially by browsing through the often valid Thrash Underground bands, but often also unoriginal and similar. The Aggravators, who in truth often go beyond the "Kreator threshold" by playing a real Thrash / Death, have great merits, first of all the one of being interesting to listen to....Believe me, I really listened to so many of these underground works at the turn of the Thrash and Death, and very often they start, evolve and all conclude in the same way: all the pieces, from the first to the last, are equally fast and similar, without no capacity for change and evolution. The Aggravators maintain this sound, which is very important, they never upset the characteristics of the work, which were, are and will remain those. Despite this, they manage to evolve, to propose songs that are always different in their similarity, to change speed and keep the listener fresh and active. Good guys. All of them, all up to the task. I recommend to all lovers of the genre this release, which for me deserves a full 8. task height."
"Starting with Desensitized Devotion...The track delves into different passages with an interlude that provides another dimension of the band’s technique. This is probably one of 2019’s strongest Thrash Metal tracks."
"The riffs refer to the golden phase of the genre, even touched with 30 years of difference and cause a feeling of nostalgia, filling the gap that was left by other bands...In the most, it only remains to praise the work of the band and wish that the walk can be full of presentations and lots"
"To Municipal Waste, Lich King or other such groups of songs and dance, many are falling down on power, others just like or know each other. However, one should ask: Why is Aggravator not surrounded by such cult as the above-mentioned teams? I invite you to the review.......If you like thrash metal that will take you and freak out against the wall, like Whiplash and old Kreator, and you will treat it with Massacre style, then boldly expand your collection with this album."
"Energetic and aggressive, bordering on death territories, this sporting vicious vocals dripping in spite. Plentiful nods to Slayer, Kreator, Exodus and Destruction makes for an album that’s exciting and dangerously infectious from the first track to the last."
"Guitarist Derek Jones commands the mic sounding like a fevered hound chewing on some goddamn sandpaper. And when those grooves snake out from within the 800mph stomping, like on “High Impact Homicides”, you will tear out plaster from walls. Angery as fuck."
"Sterile Existence is an excellent bill and to put all the fans of Thrash hands, as grumpy as they are. Aggravator pulled out an album that could install them permanently in the landscape of American Thrash Metal alongside Toxic Holocaust, Lich King or Havok to name a few. They well deserve"
"if you are looking for some good neck twisting, violent and utterly destructive thrash, then you don’t have to look any further than this record right here. Sterile Existence is nine total songs of pure thrash that just about kicks your teeth out every chance it gets and even when it does finally knock your teeth out it doesn’t stop there. This record is a shredding monster and one song rolls right after another and they just don’t quit until you are out cold."
"Sterile Existence ups the ante somewhat further, striking while the thrash/death iron is hot and delivering a slab of molten punishment replete with endearing European influence along with more brutal, Demolition Hammer-esque sensibilities."
"This is trad thrash, make no bones about it, but the skill in execution and clear commitment to the cause displayed by the quartet make for a surprisingly fresh-sounding take on a well worn blueprint."
"this is the kind of thrash I like. You can hear the Slayer, Sodom, Metallica, Destruction and company influence on the record, but Aggravator are the kind of band that come forth with more force than acts like Slayer have in years"
"Sterile Existence is nine songs of nonstop Thrash Metal bliss, the only problem being that before you know it it's over and it's time to hit play again! This is seriously one of the finest Metal albums I have heard this year."
"like the furious "Sterile Existence" or other splinters very dangerous as "High Impact Homicides", where it really seems to take a step back thirty years, when they went out records like "Reign in Blood" or "Pleasure to Kill"!
For these reasons, and my affection for that period, I would recommend this album to all the thrashers that such claim malice, devotion and violence without half measures or winks to modernism most vulgar and fake."
"If you don’t own this release and are a thrash metal fan, get it right away. You’d be amazed at most of the sounds coming out of your speakers. 10 tracks and this album deserves mighty recognition for, stick with Aggravator and you’ll be fine. This album is pure thrash metal created by amazing musicians."
"Everything about this album is designed to rock your face off. The very deliberate pacing of the drums is impossible for your neck muscles to deny...if you were looking for some honest to goodness thrash this year, you've found it. It's not in heavy supply these days, at least not in this pure, unrefined form."
"The riffs are crunching, rhythmic and the allround guitar-flash is textbook Thrash. This is one very convincing and entertaining slab of Thrash Metal that moves somewhere in between Slayer, Death Angel, and Testament without sounding anything like a copy. Great."
"Sound wise, it's a chunk of honest, no frills thrash that's well varied in tempo, and well delivered, with good, vitriolic vocals, and plenty of shredding. What more could you want?..."It gets even better with the hypnotic 'Fleshwork', one of my favourites of the album. It's thrash, but with a sexy groove, along with superb lead work..."
My favorites is a great opener, sharp, strong and uncompromising, "Born In Uniform", heavy, cylindrical, capital number in the style of Wizard - "Fatalist", starting with wonderfully sounding bass, expanded the number of the title "Populace Destructor" but once again repeat that all the songs are great. For good album comes out also its length. The album lasts nearly half an hour, but the dose of such a music absolutely enough to get her glutes to enjoy ears perfect, cheeky, but with great class zagranym thrash
"Destructor populace is gifted with the rough sound, so this album is necessary for the thrash metal claw......Aggravator And it did record a good album thrash. I praise them for that because many others is not given even come close to their level. I am waiting for the next album."
"The catchy banging riffs, killer solo parts, harsh screaming and the marching drum beats. I think this album will stay a bit longer in my player...Thrash metal should be played in the original form without being mixed by new style. You cannot rape the purity of the old thrash metal style. Totally recomended!!"
"On this album you can hear technical compatibility that is brought to the ideal, acoustics are great, the production is phenomenal, also on the album it can be heard and specific thrash metal vocal that absolutely demonstrates the strength of trash metal.This album takes you in the world of truth, destruction, death, evil."
"They have all the right ingredients that makes you thirsty for a cold beer. But their lyrics are hardly any party songs (unless you're a psycho).
You get 10 fast ones straight off. No bullshit, no crap. Just a short thrash attack."
"...rapid metal with a reckless attitude. Their thrash is fairly light-footed, but tough, and it smells a bit burned.The riffing, pace and rhythm works well and the vocalist has plenty of sandpaper in his throat."
"with sharp, aggressive licks, tight song writing, and the vocal delivery of Mille (Extreme Aggressions / Coma of Souls era).....if you haven't heard this masterpiece yet, there isn't a better time than right now!"
"Old school thrash metal. Definitely old school thrash metal........"Particularly the first song “Born In Uniform” reminds me a lot of Kreator with its brutal speed, solos and the singer’s style of shouting out the lyrics. I can easily imagine this song becoming a fan favourite."