PROTECTOR REANIMATE THEIR HOMUNCULUS

Reanimated thrash (Ger)maniacs Protector have announced that they will release their first album in 20 years.

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‘Reanimated Homunculus’, the cult thrashers’ first full-length since 1993’s ‘The Heritage’, will be released on September 13 via High Roller Records.

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According to the label’s press release, “Protector are one of those bands that never really got the attention they deserved. With a sound uncompromising and aggressive like burning sulphur, they should have been ranked among the bigger names in German thrash. Sure, any thrasher worth his salt heard about ‘Protector Of Death’, ‘Misanthropy’, ‘Golem’ and ‘Urm The Mad’, but still, Protector never really grew beyond their underground status before they disbanded in 2003.”

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Now, the band is back, with original singer Martin Missy handling vocals once more. He is joined by a new Protector line-up, consisting of Mathias Johansson (bass; Suicidal Winds), Carl-Gustav Karlsson (drums; Grief Of Emerald, Mastema) and Michael Carlsson (guitar; Mastema). “These Swedish chaps know exactly what they are doing, having played together as Martin Missy And The Protectors [Missy’s Protector cover band] since 2006,” the label continues.

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“The resurrection of Protector began in 2011 with a demo and a split single, and now the time has come for a new full-length album. On ‘Reanimated Homunculus’, the band returns to its roots in the early Eighties, turning away from the deathier path they used to walk in the Nineties.”

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Missy himself stated that the album will be “a mix of brand new songs, including the first two songs I have ever written for Protector, and some songs that have already been released on the demo [‘The Return Of Thrash And Madness] and the split [In The Vein Of Blackened Steel] between 2011 and 2012, and an old Protector song from 2000 that we have made our own version of. We’ve tried to keep it old school, to keep the raw feeling of the songs. We wanted an ’80s thrash metal sound, and I hope we have succeeded with that.”

 

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