Fateful Finality - Battery
The battering starts with Possession, a smashing start to the album. A thundering rhythm section, heavy riffs, fast solos and grinding vocals with melody and aggression completely sets the scene for the rest of the album. Lamb of God came to mind here.
This southern German metal band was formed in 2007 by Philip Murder (bass), Mischa Wittek (Drums) and finally settling with Simon Schwarzer, Patrick Prochiner on guitars and vocals. This led to their first full length release three years ago King of Torture. Following this they got a big boost by winning Wacken Metal Battle Germany in 2012. This lifted their profile enormously in Europe which in turn gained the band slots on tours and festivals. Now they have returned with an in your face metal blast entitled Battery.Expertly produced by Eike Freese with Alexandra Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) aiding, this has given the release an extraordinary powerful sound which hits you right between the eyes and cracks your skull in two. These guys seem to be grouped with the thrash movement but I disagree, yes there are fast thrash tracks here but there are also nu-metal grooves as well as traditional heavy metal riffs which power the album along.
The battering starts with Possession, a smashing start to the album. A thundering rhythm section, heavy riffs, fast solos and grinding vocals with melody and aggression completely sets the scene for the rest of the album. Lamb of God came to mind here. Now we turn into the outside lane of the Autobahn where the thrash starts, Get Things Straight catapults you into the mosh-pit, pummelling your brain into a minced up, blood dripping, soggy disgusting mess. Nice!
Three more tracks follow with the same crushing sound. Misfits surfaces with a punk attitude which then progresses to a totally ball crushing ending. The following two tracks are in my top three. Rite is an out and out thrasher whilst Unchained has the speed reigned in a little which leaves the crushing riffs to slowly mash your brain to mush. The top track for me is the albums closer Remain in Mind, it has everything. Won’t tell you too much you will have listen to this when you buy the album. You won’t be disappointed metal-heads.
There has been a definite musical progression by these guys from King of Torture. Musicianship and lyrics have improved which all in all makes this a stronger more powerful album. They are currently signed to the legendary German label Steamhammer/SPV which can only be a positive for the bands future.
There is nothing really ground breaking here but what these guys are doing will guarantee them a large fanbase, regular tours, festival appearances and a strong future in the metal family. The feeling I’ve taken from listening to this is that they won’t let you down live or with anything they record the studio. If you like metal in the style of Lamb of God, Revoker, Machine Head, Exodus etc you won’t be disappointed with this. If you want your brain to be like Smarties being rattled in their tube, this album is definitely for you. Buy it suckers!
Words: Brian 'Baldie' Mclean Follow on Twitter: @mclean428