February 9, 2004, By Martin Popoff


Florida technical metal pioneers Nasty Savage are back with a reformation album after more than a decade away from the fray. With three records and an EP forged in the heady, heavy days of Metal Blade’s early daze and beyond, the band made themselves worthy of a re-look through such releases as their Abstract Reality EP and the Indulgence album.

Shockingly, the Psycho Psycho line-up is the exact one that made the band’s last record, Penetration Point from 1990. And Psycho Psycho sounds like Nasty Ronnie and his TV-busting antics have never gone away. It is a record of controlled aggression, power metal of a dirty, chaotic sort, traditional metal with a flair for the progressive, but also a flair for death-fuelled mayhem. As you can see, it’s still bloody difficult to nail the Nasty Savage sound.

“Well, we always said it was savage music played nasty,” quips maniacal frontman Ronnie. “It’s kind of our own style. My lyrics, my writing, my own thing is all from my heart. If you’re doing something from your heart, I think it’s a lot more true. With my lyrics, I just try to create visions, messages, things people can relate to and understand and possibly be living the same things in their lives. As far as the music goes, we’re so much kind of our own style that people either love us or they hate us, because it so different and it’s so unique. They really can’t pinpoint who we sound like…

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