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Coroner - R.I.P.

1987 Noise Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-01

And here, with the ironically named R.I.P., the stage is set for one of the greatest technical thrash units in history to debut their talent. Like its successor, R.I.P. is a tad thrashier than the last three albums, but quite possibly also more experimental. Three intros on the album, each wokring well to build into a classic track, true opener Reborn Through Hate being the most memorable, with instrumental Nosferatu right behind it. A guitar shredding 45 minutes, Coroner were known both for their technical proficiency and the almost apparent lack of self-restraint on these first two albums. The songs don't have the hooks or staying power that later works would have, but for a young band... it's amazing. Based thickly in classical guitar, Tommy T. Baron (boen Vetterli) is an axe demon. The focus of the band, but that's no slight on Ron Royce's excellent bass abilities, or Marquis Marky's tend to syncopate everything. Coroner earned their place in the metal hall of fame with five amazing albums, and R.I.P. is the perfect place to start.