Rating:
7.8
Channel Zero - Feed 'Em With A Brick
June 2011


01. Hot Summer
02. Guns Of Navarone
03. Electric Showdown
04. Freedom
05. In The City
06. Angels Blood
07. Side Lines
08. Hammerhead
09. Capitol Pigs
10. Ammunition
11. War Is Hell
12. Ocean


Having recently discovered Channel Zero, expecting a power or progressive metal band, today felt rather unusual - for this band I stumbled upon was a groove metal band from the heart of Belgium. I have to say, I'm happy to have found this band.

Channel Zero have been around for over 20 years - longer than I've been alive - so they have picked up a note or two on how to make good music. The album Feed 'Em With A Brick is quite the peach of an album: the riffs are strong, the vocals are powerful and the drums are well coordinated. All in all it sounds very good.

The album is solid. The guitars pound back the riffs with ease; however, they're not played to their full potential. With no solos in this effort, I was quite disappointed. The riffs themselves satisfy my need for raw anger though, and they do a good job of replacing the lack of solos. The drums are quite simplistic, but they flow with the music quite well. They are adequate enough to show some level of technicality, as heard in the solid performance in "Hot Summer".

The vocals are great. They aren't too raspy, as is a problem with most thrash vocalists, but they still get the point across that these guys mean business. The vocals are stunningly similar to Sully Erna of Godsmack. Seriously, these guys must be brothers separated at birth or something.

As with most thrash albums, the songs start to get repetitive after a while. But that's no big deal, because the album is fairly short - enough to leave you satisfied, but not so much as to bore the hell out of you. Overall, this is quite a good album, one that has found a spot in my prestigious iPod; well, at least for now... It is a solid album and I recommend you pick it up as soon as possible.

Highlights: "Hot Summer", "Electric Showdown"

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 8


Band profile: Channel Zero
Album: Feed 'Em With A Brick


 


written by BoxCar Willy | 03.01.2012


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