Edmonton thrash heroes Villainizer don’t pull punches with their sophomore LP, Reign in Terror, a poke at Slayer’s Reign in Blood. The expected lyrical themes (stereotypes of Arabs) are still all here, and the kick in the face of pure unadulterated thrash is beyond what should be legal on any album.
I jokingly told the bandleader Rob the Arab Villain that my official review would be the following: “Thrash as thrash can thrash with elements of thrash,” to which he replied simply, “I love it.” And that really is what Reign in Terror is about. Slayer, Anthrax, and maybe a bit of Megadeth (but only the good bits of Megadeth) and possibly some Slayer, Arabian musical themes, and Slayer come together to break necks in Villainizer. Songs about 9/11 (“Twin Tower Two-Step”), genies (“The Magic Lamp”), and terrorist metal (“Terror Abraxas”) are sickeningly catchy and will embed themselves in your head for days, causing you to shout “Look at that crazy fuck!”, or “And it’s just a random act of violence!” while at work, your colleagues wondering what the shit is wrong with you.
If you get offended easily, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. Also, if you find yourself getting lots of speeding tickets, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cardiovascular problems, or are taking medication for ADD, don’t listen to Reign in Terror. This shit will fuck you up.