Law Of The Plague was established circa 1997 in Norfolk, Virginia. The band issued a demo called The First Infection courtesy of Sinternational before issuing a full-length CD two years later. This album was due in 2002 and had the band scrambling for a bassist. Spiro would quit before the band’s end in order to move to California.
LAW OF THE PLAGUE - THE FIRST INFECTION DEMO - SINTERNATIONAL
There are three songs on this attempt and it is already clear that this US bunch have worked hard at creating their sound. It is full of melody and layered; clearly not work composed in a matter of days. The band is quite angry and thrashes around without concern. Piss On My Grave is a thrasher reminiscent of Annihilator's heavier moments albeit without the soloing. The next song, Inside Out, explores Metallica-meets-Pantera territory which makes us at Metallian Towers cringe. Moribund comes next and is noteworthy for the way the drums mosh ahead while the rest of the band forges a mood. Half way into the track, LOTP delivers a provocative riff well worth hearing. It is melody like this that makes one believe the band has put thought into this process.
LAW OF THE PLAGUE - THE WAR INSIDE - SINTERNATIONAL
Law Of The Plague is back with a full-length album following its three-song demo from two years ago. The American quartet (although currently seeking a drummer) is a thrash bash act most closely sounding like older Sepultura. This is not a direct comparison, but rather a point of reference. The Americans wear war paint and the camouflage reminds one look-wise of the old thrash band Phantasm. Regardless, the band is harder to describe fully given its tendency to veer into different genres. The hardcore influence certainly manifests itself unto songs and the occasional ambient or industrial interlude ultimately becomes a familiar feature too. The sound is good and the band certainly looks the part so thrashcore fans may want to keep LoTP in mind next time the pay cheque comes in. - Ali "The Metallian"