Started back in 2007, and remembered for some great work on ‘False Hope of Tyranny’ (2009), India’s now four-man thrash metal crew Theorized is back to thrash you out with some hardcore, speedy, mind-bending music. With vocalist Madhav also taking on responsibility of guitars along with Ankit, Sankalp on bass guitar, and Yash behind the drums, Theorized this year gives us their latest album ‘Psychosphere’.
Things progress with “Symbiote”, with good breakdowns and stupendous guitar work and drumming, and all those vague time signatures being kept on key perfectly. At this point, I really did feel the bass and vocals were too distant, which took away some intensity. The breakdown, while interesting, takes away from the song because the bass is low and should have been allowed to breathe a little more. “Genetic Variants”, the fourth on the list, continues on similar lines, but the song is more enjoyable especially from 2:30, because you can really hear the bass adding the necessary weight to it. Also, you’ve got to love that menacing laughter. “Riptide” is well-written, old-school stuff. The title song “Psychosphere” comes in with a nice strong intro and true to its title, quickly becoming an all-out assault of guitars and drums thrashing you left and right. From 4:38 onwards, there is a tie back to the prologue with sirens.
On the whole, this album a really good piece of work with zero repetition, offering the listener something fresh in every song; barring the sirens, which I admit got a little too much in the latter part of the album. It’s unpredictable in a good way, and could’ve done with more guitar solos. And while the vocals might have been intended the way it is, a higher volume on the microphone would have added to the intensity. Bottom line? Theorized have not just made another record. ‘Psychosphere’ is a landmark album in line with the international levels of this genre of music. It not only shows that they are capable of good, hard-hitting thrash metal, but are capable of creating some memorable melodies that can leave you with goose-bumps. If you’re a thrasher like me, get this album. It’s definitely worth it!