Puppeteer 'Tucked in by Brutality' album review
Preparing for a metal review: Black T-Shirt, check, sound system, check, beer, check.
Puppeteer is a four piece metal band hailing from Auckland and Tauranga. Gigging regularly 'Tucked in by Brutality' is their first full-length album release.
Track One 'The Witching Hour' a clever little intro ditty. Like a horror movie set in a circus big top. Spooky!
Track Two 'Throwdown' is a punk thrash medley with some nice guitar harmonics.
Track Three 'Child' gets your head banging. Corna (sign of the horns) raised towards the sky.
Track Four 'Tucked In By Brutality' slowly builds into hard out 4/4 that kicks your ass. Guitar wails and straightforward heaviness drives the song along. The guitar solo touching the wrong key still kind of works.
Track Five 'Fall' dark and brooding this track slowly shoots you down like a damn dirty cowboy. Wicked!
Track Six 'Hundred Fold Life' brings the sound back to punk thrash metal with some excellent riffing on the guitars.
Track Seven 'Blind Eyes See No Apocalypse' this is my favourite track, which has to be the tightest on the CD with some excellent speed metal power riffs.
Track Eight 'Succumb Your Sanity' is a slow marauding fall into insanity. Apocalyptic guitar solos with chaotic execution taking centre stage.
Track Nine 'The Howl' hmm! Trying something different, not sure it works. Time for another brew.
Track Ten 'This Waking Dream' closes out the album. By the sounds of things it would be worth catching Puppeteer live.
You can hear a few influences throughout this CD although Puppeteer is developing a style all their own. Friggin choice! Improving production quality and ironing out some timing issues would make this album a bogans dream come true. With a great delivery of screaming and softer vox from Rob Sadd and excellent harmonic drenched dissonance and dynamics from phat guitars, it's a good step in the right direction.
Reviewed by River
Born on the power of Groove.
Fueled by the passion of Rock.
Puppeteer is solid Kiwi groove metal with a live show that dominates the stage.
2 albums & an EP to their name, Puppeteer are a premiere act in a New Wave of New Zealand Metal.
Puppeteer are based in Auckland and Tauranga.