Thermate – Off To Hades
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Proto, Seventies, Metal, Blues
After a few more alternative and stoner rock oriented EP’s like for instance the one titled November, which we mentioned back in 2014. The Finnish quintet Thermate evolved into something with more proto and seventies inspired aspects. And so we are now treated to a new mini-album called Off To Hades. A well rounded trip through the netherworld with grating riffs and stomping drums. They remind us, in some way, of that obscure and enigmatic diesel blues, there it is again, diesel blues, band Ventilators (without ‘The’ in front) from the Netherlands. (Grin.) Motoring towards a foggy horizon drunk and full of grit. Just like those Dutch freaks. But where those guys opted for concise shorter blues rock ditties, Thermate moves more towards something with a metal edge, grander gestures and wilder ideas. Shit, we just noticed that we mentioned the diesel blues aspect in that earlier mention about November as well. Well, I guess we were as right then as we are now, with the added fact that Thermate is bigger, better and ready to conquer the world and the underworld. They’re Off To Hades and I for one am going with them!
(Written by JK)