|Review: Mexican Ape-Lord - The Late Heavy Bombardment|
|The Late Heavy Bombardment|
Label: Unable Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 12, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:The Late Heavy Bombardment
Boston, Massachusetts' Mexican Ape-Lord allows me the opportunity to say something I don't normally get to say; this is different. The Late Heavy Bombardment is the first creation of this collaboration between Meliah Rage guitarist Anthony Nichols and punk band The Bags' vocalist Jon Hardy. The band's name is hardly the weirdest thing about them, something that becomes apparent on the chorus of the opening track "The Misadventures of Black Jesus" when they break out some acoustic guitars and horns worthy of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Lest you think this band is a joke or not Metal let me assure you Nichols riffing is suitably heavy and crunchy, no less than you'd expect from the Meliah Rage axe slinger. Hardy's vocals are a powerful half shout/half singing combination that gives the thrashy songwriting a Sacred Reich vibe. The lyrics are irreverent ("Revolutionary Nuns" "Goat Rope and Chunder") but that shouldn't slow anyone down. The insanity reaches its peak with the silly yet catchy "Super Inga." It's about exactly what you would expect based on the title. There's a definite Iron Maiden sense of melody and yet an industrial, Ministry sound running through many of the songs but they also rock a bit of the epic on "Blood Ledge."
There's a lot happening on The Late Heavy Bombardment and, unlike most instances of this, it works. I am strangely drawn to Mexican Ape-Lord's sound though I expect it won't be for a lot of more traditionally-oriented fans. If, however, you want something left of center to mix things up, this is one to check out.
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