Expected a little more, but it still makes my pants ride up.,
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A very heavy album. Although it still stands head and shoulders above most other extreme heavy metal bands, it did disappoint me a bit. There is a lot of monotony to this album. Unlike the previous release 'The Royal Thousand', there is a lack of vocal melody, which makes the album sound a bit monotonous. This situation is compounded by the fact that the guitars also stray very little from a chugging open low string; as awesome as this can sound, it did leave me wondering what happened to Joshua Travis awesome guitar work.
I have grown to associate Travis with so much boundary-pushing craziness - so many guitar techniques, time changes and polyrhythms that it assaults the listener on many levels, while padding out the sound with some interesting ambient guitar tracks, which help to create a hypnotic three-dimensional backdrop to the carnage. This effect is used at the start of this e.p, which is an epic introduction, by the way. Travis is not of this world.
It's cool that they are just doing what pleases them and to experiment with different approaches - in this case a very stripped down one. The album is very raw, and very brutal, but it lacks the intensity of Danza IIII or 'The Royal Thousand'.
The album is like having a lazy, drunken quickie with a particularly high profile pornstar - So much wasted potential, but there are no real complaints and this is still a solid five star release.