Heavy Metal: S/T 12" (new)
And you thought the world had run out of great band names!! No sir - welcome to the debut album by Heavy Metal. Over the space of 13 tracks the two piece from Berlin make dirty punk, childlike chaos and raw DIY gems with reckless abandon. In parts it sounds like pissed idiots with a 4 Track recorder armed with a load of ATV 7”s and in other parts like some obscure Australian DIY 7” from 1979. Standout cuts are ‘Snail of Rock’ which is all snotty 77 punk rock, ‘Would You Adam and Eve It?’ which could have been one a classic Step Forward Records release and ‘Total Bullshit’ which sounds like the Sleaford Mods but with the recording quality of ‘Bullshit Detector’ compilations on Crass. You used to love Heavy Metal when you were young and now you can fall in love with Heavy Metal all over again. Lydia : After only six rehearsals and no previous recordings to date, Static Age is proud to introduce Berlin’s emerging powerhouse, HEAVY METAL. With this astonishing first full-length, HEAVY METAL crash through 13 tracks of noisy, antisocial, high-tension punk, eagerly mixing electric punk aggression with woozy electronic euphoria. The songwriting, which hits that sweet spot between rudimentary racket and surreal elaboration, brings the band’s restlessness to the forefront—they could break out into dance or a fight at any minute, everything sounds possible. No sense is left on the cutting room floor; instead, the clamoring drums, buzzing bass and snappy riffs are cut with catchy synths, bountiful pedal action and an exploding cocktail of bleeps, loops, samples and solos. This ticked off diversity shines on multiple, rewarding occasions. Single-ready “Don’t Call Me Brother,” with its kaleidoscopic synths and old-school beat, is a bona fide dance floor pleaser despite its antagonizing lyrical content, and “Staring at the Rich Kids” is an instant classic, a stomping class critique that could have easily been found on a Bullshit Detector comp circa 1979. Yet it is bonus track, “Total Bullshit,” that flawlessly showcases the creative menace found in the wake of their nihilism. A joyride of shambolic punk, with a frustrated Welshman spitting wit and sarcasm into the microphone, “LP” could be the circumstantial soundtrack to a weeklong drug binge, going through all the motions to match, including ecstasy, hysteria, hostility and an uncontrollable, primitive urge to fight and fuck. And by recording everything themselves, HEAVY METAL’s already bizarre sound is pushed further into the delightfully deranged corners of their collective potential. An intoxicating stream of consciousness, “LP” was recorded in their Lichtenberg practice space and mastered by the wizard of sonic chiaroscuro Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory, making it sound as unhinged and sardonic as it is distinctively captivating. They’re already working on what is promised to be a much anticipated follow up, so get into it or don’t. Just don’t call ’em brother.
*NOTICE* The corners of the jackets got a little banged up when they got shipped to us.
Our take: Unless something deposes it, this debut LP from Heavy Metal will probably go down at the soundtrack to my August 2016. I can't think of a single other record that so effectively brings together feelings of pure joy and outright hostility. It's sort of like that friend you have who is a complete and total asshole, but at the same time they're so much fun that you end up hanging around them all the time anyway. I feel like describing this LP is always going to require reaching for those kinds of oddball similes because both the sound and the overall vibe are so unique. There are some obvious reference points--there's a lot of vintage UKDIY in the mix here, as well as the poppier end of post-punk / new wave, but the vocals are also high-pitched and obnoxious like the Toy Dolls or something--but I wouldn't say that you can adequately triangulate the band's sound from describing their influences or the bands they sound like. No, this comes from somewhere deeper, and as idiosyncratic and even as silly as it is sometimes, it feels a million times more authentic than any soundalike bands you can think of. If you dig the more out-there releases on Sorry State like Broken Prayer or Whatever Brains you might have the type of constitution that will take to this record. If that sounds like you I simply can't recommend this more highly.