|Review: Austrian Death Machine - Double Brutal|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I skipped reviewing the first album because it was too metalcore-ish (though funny, if you like the style of humor), and I was going to skip this one as well until someone told me it was mainly Thrash with just a few metalcore-ish bits here and there this time around. That's pretty accurate, and even the metalcore stuff is not too annoying. Double Brutal is predominantly Thrash/Crossover Thrash (depends on the song, really.) The album contains original songs as well as a good number of covers of known/more-or-less-known songs, plus a good number of humoristic interludes (which explains the relatively short length for 24 tracks), all involving a pretty good and funny imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is in fact the main appeal of Austrian Death Machine, paired with their original compositions which also are very tongue-in-cheek and definitely should not be taken seriously.
Musically this is quite decent, but not remarkable. Most of the songs are pretty fast-paced and in terms of Thrash, you can certainly find better – some of the stuff sounds a little pedestrian, but there are some good moments scattered here and there. Save for the occasional metalcore moments, there's nothing horrible here. Lots of catchy stuff, in great part due to the humoristic nature of the lyrics (the music follows that in style – it does sound somewhat goofy, but in a good way.) Some good first-rate shredding and decent soloing do make their appearances as well. With that said, really the main attraction here is the humor, and whether you like or hate this will depend a lot on your own sense of humor – personally I often laughed out loud the first couple of times I heard this. Interesting, but definitely not mandatory.
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