As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis and California frontman Ahhnold are back for round two with the release of AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE’s Double Brutal, the follow up to 2008′s highly successful (and, well, brutal) release, Total Brutal. With an appetite for all things barbarous, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE ups the ante with Double Brutal. This two-disc goliath features one disc of all new heavy tracks in the tradition of all of Ahhnold’s greatest cinematic moments and a second disc of cover songs including songs originally performed by METALLICA, MEGADETH, MISFITS, JUDAS PRIEST and more, with cover art once again being tackled by Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, NOFX, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, etc).
“Sometimes being stereotypically metal is fitting. I’m not trying to break new ground; I just want to break people’s necks… and have fun doing it” comments AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE creator Tim Lambesis. For anyone who doubts the barbaric and brutal nature of Double Brutal, rest assured this album truly is doubly brutal. How can anyone argue Double Brutal’s pure savageness and testosterone filled manliness when you have Ahhnold, the strongest man in the universe and leader of many a mission filled with exploding chests, eyes bursting out of their sockets, and hands down the most classic one-liners you will ever hear, AND Tim Lambesis who can do a one armed push up while listening to Survivors ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (it’s true, I’ve seen it)?
Bottom line, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE is still fast, still pissed, and still brutal. And yes every song still has a guitar solo. Just as listeners found with the release of Total Brutal, Double Brutal continues along the same path offering fans:
- A continuously fast paced tempo you can always circle pit to
- The obvious build up to a breakdown you’ll know how to mosh to
- Classic sing-along’s to pile up and sing along with
And yes… I would never leave out the obvious key component; cliché vocals that sound really angry!
Double Brutal features shed-a-riffic performances by:
• BUZ MCGRATH (UNEARTH)
• ANDREW TAPLEY (THE HUMAN ABSTRACT)
• JAMES GERICKE (DEATH BY STEREO)
• MARK MACDONAL (MERCURY SWITCH)
• ROCKY GRAY (LIVING SACRIFICE)
• RUSTY COOLEY (if you need to ask…)
So what are you waiting for? Do it! Do it now! And get your arse to mars, urr I mean get your hands on what is sure to be one of 2009′s most bloodthirsty and devastating albums. And if you don’t buy the album, don’t be surprised if you get a visit from the Californian Barbarian himself as Ahhnold will have no reservation about battering down your door then savagely beating you to death with your mother’s lifeless limbs until you purchase a copy of Double Brutal. We have a budget crisis to solve here folks.