Nasty Savage, Nasty Savage

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 06.14.11 in Reviews
Highly charged and consistent

Combining elements of thrash with New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Tampa, Florida’s Nasty Savage wrote fast, anthemic songs about gladiators, murderers and other traditional metal subjects. But they did so with style, and are considered by many to have sparked the underground Florida metal scene along with Savatage. Fronted by wrestler “Nasty” Ronnie Galetti, who used to smash tube television sets on his chest, Nasty Savage were highly charged and consistent, and their music was more than a backdrop for Galetti’s antics. The band’s self-titled full-length is simple, but effective, and the band plows through songs like “Asmodeus,” “Dungeon of Pleasure” and “The Morgue” with authority and attitude even when Galetti occasionally veers into a falsetto shriek reminiscent of King Diamond.