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This review is from: THE MECHANICAL HAND (Audio CD)
I can't believe no-one has reviewed this album!
It's very difficult to describe with words the sound of HTB. They have been dubbed "nintendocore" but i would describe them as "experimental metalcore" (wikipedia got it right for once).
Basically, they are brilliant! I love original, daring music, and that is very much what HTB deliver. I also love bands who don't take themselves too seriously, and HTB's lyrics are hilarious, clever, and fit their style perfectly. Normally I like a bit of melody in my music but despite frontman Nathan Winneke's complete failure to sing well, the music that accompanies his video-game themed rants is so energetic, euphoric and ecstatically brilliant that I really don't care!
I'm not a huge fan of video games, especially original 8bit nintendo game boy ones, but if this had accompanied Mario through his adventures I certainly would be! The 8bit synth sounds are used with awesome effect, especially in the fantastic "A Million Exploding Suns", where it is treated as an actual solo instrument rather than an accompaniment or background noise.
Frantic, irresistibly moshable tracks such as "House of Boo" are simply inspirational - the downright frightening breakdown makes me think of terrifying black and white old school horror movies. Hilarious are the moments when Winneke emits a scream akin to a skewered schoolgirl.
Like many bands of its kind, Horse the Bands relentless, in your face violence can tire, but still they manage to produce an album of 100% solid tracks, with simply awesome stand-outs such as "Octopus on Fire" with its array of brilliant guitar riffs, sing along screams, perfectly crafted breakdowns of varying intensity and power, start-stops and schizophrenic fills. The highlight of the song, and indeed the album is the orgasmicly funky 8bit accompanied guitar break at 3:35. In the places where they let him, guitarist David Isen shines with a creative and eclectic solo style. The song finishes with heart pumping, headbanging climax as Winneke bellows "I CHANGE!!!"
If you want an album by an amazing band that create hilarious, silly, but undeniably original and brutal metal then I cannot reccommend "Mechanical Hand" more. You will laugh and cry.
Best Moment: "Taken by Vultures" 00:58 Wanna know why? Buy the album and find out :)