Regardless of whatever genre certain bands fall into, I find metal (well, even music as a whole for that matter), can be put into one of two categories; the cerebral, and the primal. On one side you've got the technical, in-depth thinky music meant to cater to our more intellectual moments. Then, on the flipside, there's the simplistic stuff that skips over any pretense of deeper thought, and sates that lust for something heavy and pounding to rattle our guts. Most bands, although generally leaning in one direction or another, show at least a few signs of both sides of the coin. Then, we come across bands like Hail! Hornet who clearly ate their fair share of Wheaties each morning during recording and decided just to beastify the album with nothing but heavy grooves & aggressive riffs.
Review by Doc Godin ››