Bucktow Truck – ‘Death Wields A Six String’   7 comments

Battle Cry 1 – Very funky mid-paced drum intro, but soon moving into heavier, thrashier riff sounds and a distant, echoic vocal, with a slight sci-fi edge, blending with something approaching 80’s pop rock. A bit like The Human League, in an outdated Starbug.

Death Wields A Six String – Opening with another echoic sound, combined with more of the suits in a studio vocals. A slight Bowie-esque theme, with the metallic aspects coming after. It could be much more metallic, though and it’s a bit lacklustre. The overriding sound leans more towards dated sci-fi series soundtracks than metal material.

Freedomcult – Bit of a depressing start, but it is poignant. The riffage now takes centre stage and again, it’s all a bit 80’s, though the musicality’s undeniable. There’s definitely talent here, but it’s just a tad flat, with little discernible substance to redeem it.

Anarchy Metal – A more promising intro this time, with a slightly Leppard-esque slant, but then it seems to disappear into a periodic black hole, as the sheer oddness of the lyrical dialogue kills the atmosphere stone dead. Potential exists to rock things up, but unfortunately, it’s well hidden by curious greyness. That sci-fi content may be intentional, but in this case, it just doesn’t work.

Gunts – Now it’s gone strangely Gothic. From grey to black, in one fell swoop. Oh but hang on here, cos the steel string emphasis pierces the blackness, temporarily, offering a brief respite. The riffage grows more prominent, but still, a certain darkness remains.

The Heavy Metal Warrior – A lighter sense to this intro riffage, carrying it into the light. Here’s what true metal sounds like). This might just save it, to some extent. If it wasn’t for all that misplaced sci-fi content, the metal could reveal itself more fully. As it is, there’s a sense of displacement and superficial pretence about the whole thing.

The Nihilist And The Moralist Intro – What’s happening now? It’s suddenly gone all theatrical and pantomime-ish. Where’s the metal? It then moves into weird sitcom mode, for a while. The metal does make a brief return, but there’s just so much wasted time. The kind of riffage performed during the latter half is what convinces me of the wrongness of the spoken dialogue, as the ability is clearly there, so why it’s not being utilised fully is anyone’s guess. As the guitar work is what truly stands out throughout, it’s clear that it’s what needs greater emphasis. Having said that, there’s a lot of repetition in this track, which does drag on a bit.

Warlock – Okay, now this is more like it! Exactly this kind of riffing is what metal’s made of. It seems it’s not to last, though, as this track’s over before it’s started. Balance is the key ingredient missing here. Too much of one and not enough of the other. Just missed opportunities.

80’s Church Hymn – Now they’ve gone all evangelical! Each to their own, but even if this is a send-up, some things don’t mix with metal and this is one of them. Oh good, it’s over.

Overall – A largely curious collection of random boredom inducing sounds, with some decent riffage thrown in.

2/10 **

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Posted January 23, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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