|Review: Anger as Art - Callous and Furor|
|Callous and Furor|
Label: Old School Metal Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: January 15, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Callous and Furor
I was surprised by Steve Gaines' solo album Anger As Art back in 2004, that sucker jumped out of my mailbox and just kicked my ass flat. Since then the man has recruited a real band and formally named it Anger As Art. This is the debut album from the new lineup under the AAA name. Callous And Furor sets out to take up where the previous disc left off, but it doesn't quite manage it.
Steve's a very cool guy, and part of my delay writing this review has been me not wanting to say anything bad about this album, but truth be told, I just don't think this album is anywhere near as good as the last one. The new band members don't seem to be adding anything, just diluting the raw, homicidal fury that made Anger As Art stand out. The band sounds good, don't get me wrong, but they do not sound as pissed-off as Steve did all by himself. Secondly, the recording is not that great – this is a self-recorded album, like last time, but this time it sounds like it. The guitars as too muted, and mixed too low, so the drums and the vocals do most of the work here - a common gripe I have about modern Thrash.
Most of the songs are good, with some nice riffage and strong leadwork, but they sound too much alike, except for "Bane Of My Existence", which is some kind of mellow doodle with different vocals – it just sucks. Steve's vocals show more variety this time out, but I still don't like them very much – they just sound too hardcore for my tastes
Overall Callous And Furor is just inferior to its predecessor. The songwriting is not as inspired and aggressive, and the production is not improved enough to make up for that. I hate to say it, but this sophomore effort is rather lackluster, and I hope they can turn things around their next time out.
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