My initial thoughts: Oh, no, not another
metalcore/grind outfit. My second: Heureka! This is something different!
The debut release from Australia's A
Million Dead Birds Laughing (AMDBL) turns out to be like a gust of fresh air from southern shores.
Yes, the foundation for this is grind, perhaps with a tad of Morbid Angel, but the Australians do so much more and
work with the genre boundaries in a way that is well-worth a listen. Do the
unspected seems to be the recipe, and AMDBL certainly follow the recipe. The
first few seconds, you think you're on safe
ground, then the next moment, vocalist AZ makes a new voice or the tempo moves
into weird mode or whatever. You basically have no clue what hits you around the
I can see days where the whole thing is just too schizophrenic for me, but
still, I sense there's a brutal, red thread throughout, and it calls for more
listening. This is one of those albums that offers something new every time you
listen, and I'm not saying that it's not demanding on the listener.
'Force Fed Enlightenment' is a collection of 24 crazy yet well-spent minutes of
your life. 25 minutes could be too much, I'm not sure, however, the 24 minutes
are extremely interesting and enjoyable! Take the ride!