This self-release modern thrash fest from this Dutch band immediately has the ability to blow away any cobwebs right from the start of this 6 track effort. With a heavy, almost hardcore/Derek Green Sepultura vocal approach, there are moments where this band stray momentarily into the death/thrash genre, but only for a second here and there. ‘Insomnia’ works well; there is a cool groove whilst still maintaining its angst, this is angry thrash!
‘World Wide War’ is another track that tickles your soul and has the ability to break your neck, however, I do get a complacent feeling as I listen. For brief moments, little riffs come out of the woodwork that make the tracks stand out, but in the majority, it becomes rather similar from one track to another. ‘Desecrate Me’ has the heavier end of Testament in it veins, with a stylistic approach of Kreator or some of the American bands that gained fame in the mid to late 1990’s, post-thrash maybe as it’s a bit heavier than the original bay area style. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a killer cut, it is simply not a personal favourite style of mine.
On the whole, ‘Rising Era’ is a solid heavy thrash/modern groove release, but it lacks a certain character of its own to be truly individual in a cluttered and confused marketplace.