01 Aug 2008 // A review by CEOMong
A very metal album, well-tuned and classic. Ample opportunity to get songs stuck in your head (and everywhere else) – and have a bit of a laugh too! 4-5 minute songs on average – long enough to get your teeth stuck in, just too short so that you need to listen again to get enough. Excellent driving music – in fact, excellent for every occasion – this is true, tasty NZ metal. What are you sitting here for? Buy this album. You need it. So does your mum.
Track 1 – Messiah Of Hate – a very metal track to get things rocking, growly vocals and slow methodical riffs, cranks into some headbanging resounding double-kick drums and back into some good old mosh action – a real crowd participation track.
Track 2 – One Man – tricky and well constructed riffs and beautiful noise from all bits, never let up goodness, lots of tempo changes and huge depth of talent shown from all members. Some trickiness from the lead gax for a tasty bite.
Track 3 – Dealer Of Lies – fucking gorgeous wide open and willing track, I particularly like the lead gax on this one, really pushes the envelope and mystifies. Strong bass and rhythm section provides a mean platform. Very familiar but unknown, tantalising tune. Can I get another fix?
Track 4 – Access Denied – Carries on similar theme from the previous tracks, more of a thrash feel here however, as the album picks up some speed. “Access denied, you fuck”. I love it.
Track 5 – Voodoo Toy – Funky and speeding up quite nicely now, substantial power from all, a little disjointed in places where the riffs drop and change. A hard and loud track. All it needs is angry.
Track 6 – Morse Code – slower start and less growly vocals, bit of bluesy, restrained power – then the release hits you full force. Epic, deft and tricky skills shown throughout.
Track 7 – Behind the Shadow – Before you can even catch your breath, or pour that next bourbon, you’re busy rocking out to yet another solid bootstomping track. Cool little segue halfway loosens the line a little before hauling you back in.
Track 8 – Time on My Hands – Carries on the theme quite nicely, another solidly well-crafted track with short sharp gax and deep staunch bass and double-kick bass drum – kick ass.
Track 9 – Homeless – solo gax flips out into full-fledged ninja metal action, rapid paced and captivating evolving gax riffs keeps those steel toes stomping, real true blues guitar that really tweaks your earbuds. Solid and dependable headbanging bass gets the snarl on, really excellent track.
Track 10 – My Vagina – an intriguing tale of a man and his vagina – I wont spoil it for you, suffice to say it’s far more awesome than you can imagine.
I’m sold. Name your price.