Wednesday, April 25, 2012

OLD HEAD - Maximum Rock CD review

OLD HEAD - Maximum Rock CD
At War with False Noise Records
Genre: Thrash

Obviously Richard Hoak doesn't have enough on his plate with BRUTAL TRUTH and TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION that he now has this new project. OLD HEAD (what a fuckin band name?) is not another grind band but instead is some cool sounding thrash, melodic punk and 70's metal. Along for the fun is RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER guitarist Ryan Moll, bassist Dan O'Hare and the amazing vocals are performed by Dan Tumulo aka MegaDan Tumulo. Maximum Rock is more maximum MEGADETH worship or tribute with plenty of screwing around which sounds pretty good. Whoever came up with the idea to cover JETHRO TULL's "Fat Man" as an opener and strain it through MEGADETH riffage is a genius. There's also a punked out cover of SABBATH's "Rock And Roll Doctor" which I thought was also pretty cool although obviously it will piss off some people. They also do "I Almost Cut My Hair" from CROSBY, STILLS & NASH in a punk rock parody / funk way which, except for Ryan Moll's excellent guitar work, is ok. The cover tune savagery is just the novelties on here. The real meat comes in with the band's original material which shows how calling OLD HEAD a super group is not an understatement. Songs like "Bleeder", "Libertine", "Kill Kill Kill" and "Stoner Grind" all showcase the amazing talent of these individuals. There's a couple of lackluster tunes on here but otherwise it's simply a superb performance by all involved.

Rating: 4/5



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