1-2-3 Go! seems to be the motto for this
young American metal band on this their sophomore release entitled
'Patents of Control'. Straight ahead, fast and furious thrash metal
with both feet firmly planted in the same soil that brought us bands
like Exodus, Forbidden and Metallica, we move into more traditional
(English) heavy metal territory, when ever they slow things a bit
down and the hook-lines have some reminiscence of Iced Earth.
The lyrically concept behind the songs deals with
the idea of thought and behaviour control through the use of devises
that have actual US patents, hence the rather strange album title.
The outcome is a good and solid mixture of styles, where the songs
come across very focused, and it is easy to hear why this LA based
band is a sought after live band; they are very tight and intense.
The sound is well balanced, Neil Kernon has mixed
the album, and this should in general appeal to fans of the above
bands; classic ol' skool thrash metal. But somehow the last ignition
is missing, the album never really win me over... I do miss some
variation, especially in the drum department; straight ahead
drumming does get a bit boring in the long run.
What I am left with is a solid effort that leaves
me somewhere between heaven and hell, thankfully mostly towards the
good end of the spectre...
Recommended tracks: "Inhumanation",
"Paternal Shift", "Technochrist" & "Mirrors Black".