Thursday, March 3, 2016

LODY KONG: "Dreams and Visions"

Rating: RR
Label: Mascot Records 2016
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Keep it in the family? You have been warned! Lody Kong contains the Cavalera brothers, Igor (vocals/guitar), Zyon (drums), and some of you may recall their old man, Max of Sepultura and Soulfly fame. What to expect on their debut album at Mascot Records? Hardcore riffs, the punky attitude, aggressive vocals, thrash/speed breakdowns, and the usual mayhem of chaos and disorder? Their mission: to challenge the phoniness, fakery and pretension of the modern scene and restore it with honesty, vibrancy and grit.

Yeah. It's a pretty meaty platter and at first the rather traditional metal stew, but they stir things round further by adding the odd ingredient and spice. Describing it as a collection of brutal, depressing, nihilistic songs, merely just to simplify things, 'Dreams and Visions' sits nicely in between the fury of Fugazi and the no mercy of Prong. Igor's vocals, which somehow manage to channel the Rob Zombie stomp?, are at times deeply buried in distortion and just a wee bit too monotonous in the long run.

However, the hidden complexities and sudden twists and turns of the album is probably rewarding to the blunt metal lover. Sadly, yours truly, no longer the mad follower of the genre and I spin my Fugazi and Sepultura albums less and less with each new year. Too blunt? too much of the 'been there, done that'? I honestly believe that I'll draw the line at classic SLAYER nowadays and leave the ultra-brutal stuff to the barking mad followers out there. Now... where did I put my Sex Pistols album?

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