Artist: Al B. Damned
The debut from Al B.
Damned is a self release, mixed and recorded by the band with help from
Doug Cartwright. The self-proclaimed "horror shock
rocker" fronts a self-titled band. A mix of the Murderdolls
and Wednesday 13 with an ample helping of trash makes this album diverse
As you would expect
from a self release, the mixing isn't perfect, especially when
concerning the guitars in one song, but I may be missing the point, and
that is how they are meant to sound. The album opens with an
introduction, and quickly moves into a style of horror thrash Al B.
Damned take as their own. Unique and ambitious, the guys here have
set out to push the boundaries not only of the horror rock scene, but
also of the thrash scene.
Al's voice is able to
cope with both ends of the octave spectrum, going higher or lower as is
necessary. The rhythm is primarily provided by the lead and second
guitar, whilst the bass and drums kick out riff after riff to keep them
all in line. Al's voice is most predominant and for some bands
this could ruin the song, but for this it seems to mesh in completely
and isnít overwhelming.
Favourite songs at the moment include 'Katch 'Em and Kill 'Em', a simplistic rhythm which hides behind Al's strong vocals, but is simplistic enough to move to Ė whether it be a mosh or head-bang. 'Everything Can Burn' is another favourite and uses different talents of the band. This song being more of a melodic metal reverie of a relationship/person/time of life. This complete change in performance shows the depth and breadth of the band's skills.
Review by: Kerry H
Katch 'Em And Kill 'Em
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