By Derelikt Waugh

 I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t familiar with Mekong Delta’s work before hearing “Intersections”, the latest offering from these German prog/tech thrashers. It almost seems unfair of me to review it since this isn’t technically a new album, but a collection of re-recordings of some of their older material. That being said, “Intersections” is an intriguing, complex ride throughout, showcasing the bands ability to write songs that mix elements of intricate progressive rock and blistering, balls out thrash. Imagine a band with a clean, razor sharp sound that is simultaneously comparable to Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Voivod! Sounds interesting, right? Of course it does, and I’m going to go out on a limb and tell you that “Intersections” is a great introductory piece for those of us who aren’t acquainted with the classics by these thirty year veterans of thinking man’s metal.

I have to say, not every song here is amazing, but there are certainly some excellent passages even in the mid-paced, slightly lackluster numbers. Mekong Delta’s playing during the entirety of “Intersections” is nothing short of jaw-dropping, pulling off some stellar musical stunt work akin to an angrier, faster version of Rush. If the lyrics and vocals aren’t your particular brand of beer, fret ye not, as there are fiery riffs aplenty to draw you in and keep you hooked. The production is huge and bold, perfectly capturing every nuance. Truly, this is one that gets better with every spin and a great starter course for dumb asses like me who have apparently been living under a rock for the last thirty years. Unfortunately, I can’t compare these new versions, but “Intersections” definitely makes me want to dig into their back catalogue and hear what I’ve been missing out on for all this time.