up by 3 weeks of heat and humidity comparable only to those of a Libyan
desert, I tried at least
to refresh my soul with a heavy dose of Metal and Hard rock coming from
a new band which does not only deal with Death metal as the monicker
and the artwork make you believe. And I had success with the choice.
The debut MCD from these 5 Bostonians is not so easy to describe, although
one does not have to expect antics or devilries alà Mr. Bungle
or John Zorn. There is Death, there is Grind, but there're also Blues,
Stoner, Classic metal and much more.
Opener "Smoking Man" is Groovy metal with guttural
vocal retches; the guitars are generous, especially thanks to the interesting
central break and the adjoined guitar solo, whereas "Some Friend"
is a pure frontal assault with some stop 'n' goes; basically this song
is constituted by Thrash riffs, but then you meet an unexpected closure
on the trail of Neurosis/Isis with vocals closer to Suffocation or Malevolent
Creation, and soon afterwards a slow, deep and hard Hard rock axe solo.
Stoner and Death metal infused with a Blues solo appear in "Promise",
and as if it weren't enough the 5 beasts add 2 D.R.I. tradition neckbreaking,
criminally insane Metalcore outbursts to the Tai Chi metal vocals here
used. Along with the first and the last track, this one is the other
a cut above to recommend first listeners of the act.
Remarkable is the drummer's performance above all in "Trapped,
Entwined": he comes out catchy, rocky and indestructible at
the same time glued to the faithful bass lines, both always ready to
determine the game rules and its repentine changes. A further mention
to the cool barking back-up vocals that make this song devoid of faults,
broken by the semi-acoustic arpeggio at the beginning of "The
Butcher (Knee Deep in Blood)", a structure reminding of Down,
while the following part has definitely taken a cue from the Metallica
of "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets";
the track changes again and steers back to the brutal style typical
of the Bostonian band for the remaining 4 minutes, steadily based on
a Thrash metal riff. The final guitar solo stands above the average
and it's a shame the dirty production doesn't make justice to it.
Instead of blasts and piercing
screams, Gut use different methods to rise the climax and rarely sound
messed up. The best thing to do in sight of the next compositions is
to keep on mind that a second guitar offers more possibilities other
than guitar solos (which are good any way and well-performed here as
well in the live song "The Chopping Block", not available
on this EP). Big Metal bands with two excellent guitarists such as early
Metallica or early Paradise Lost to name the first on my mind understood
this from the start and coupled different contemporary guitar phrases
with twin guitars parts and solos and the songs turned out to be killer.
Easy to say, hard to do, but the results are worth the effort.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th August 2006