(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
Just off the top of your head, how many Australian oldschool-inspired thrash bands come to mind this very moment? Whatever your answer may be, prepare to add at least one more to the list. Melbourne’s Mason are back with their independent sophomore full-length outing, “Impervious“.
Impervious was mixed and mastered by Erin Hamidovic (Devin Townsend Project, Sikth, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Elm Street) and you can stream it in full below.
The Aussie powerhouse just released this latest 13-song assault of blistering thrash metal, the kind that draws heavily on 80s influences. That means dizzying tempos and crushing rhythms abound amid this all-out aggressive onslaught. Impervious follows Mason‘s 2011 S/T EP, their 2013 debut full-length Warhead, which included guest guitar player Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) and 2016’s Unmerciful EP.
Mason vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Benson comments, “During the demo process we wrote a lot of material, but the majority made the Impervious album minus one or two songs. We spent a lot of time fine tuning the songs and making sure they kicked ass! For this album, we focused mainly on trimming the fat and stepping up the energy and tempos. Fast, focused and heavy! For those wanting to know more about this release. Impervious touches on so many topics from suicide, death, terrorism and more events that happen to people around the world. When ya look at the front cover, it is a symbol of character and strength of a boy that goes about his everyday life in the worst conditions and does what is normal to him to get by day to day. To sum it up, this new album is powerful and holds a strong message from start to finish.“