|Review: Temple of Brutality - Lethal Agenda|
Label: Demolition Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 30, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Temple of Brutality is mostly made up of members of, well, pretty well known bands: David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) on bass, Peter Scheithauer (Killing Machine) on guitars, Stet Howland (ex-WASP) on drums and Todd Barnes on vocals.
"Lethal Agenda" is basically old school thrash with some more traditional heavy metal passages. Think Bay Area thrash at the root of it all, with a more modern elements that are more or less omnipresent throughout the album, but the old school sound still comes out on top. When the music sticks to the basic, the listener is treated to a healthy dose of melody, a few solos that'll rock your socks off, and of course some overall good thrash, occasionally flirting into speed metal and heavy metal territory.
Now for the bad news. There isn't much left after listening to this - you get that "empty" feeling. I hate to single out specific band members, but the vocals are mostly to blame here. First, they often bury the music, but more importantly, no matter how hard I try, I just can't stand these vocals. They're a perfect example of vocals that just don't fit the music at all. The guy screams in a way that is just annoying, and I can't think of any example of such vocals that I may have heard in the recent past. He would probably fit better in a hardcore band, where the vocals suck by definition (sorry to break it to the hardcore fans out there.) I could write a page and still couldn't describe him, so I suggest a little trek to their web site for some samples. I'm sorry, but if I still can't get used to it after 15 listens, I give up.
Very good music overall, although the album sounds somewhat disjointed by maybe trying to pack a little too much into slightly over a half hour. I'd be curious to hear this with more adequate vocals. Hell, at this point I'd settle for an instrumental version.
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