Double Brutal

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis' humorous obsession with the cinematic oeuvre of Arnold Schwarzenegger gets its most indulgent showcase to date on this two-CD set. The core idea is a good one -- Lambesis writes a bunch of thrashy riffs that head much more in the direction of bands like Warbringer and Fueled by Fire than his own full-time outfit, then gives them lyrics and titles relating to the Schwarzography -- "I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Motorcycle," "Come On, Do It, Do It, Come On, Come On, Kill Me, Do It Now," etc. -- and has some of the vocals delivered by an Arnold impersonator. The key word, though, and where this project falls apart, is the word ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis' humorous obsession with the cinematic oeuvre of Arnold Schwarzenegger gets its most indulgent showcase to date on this two-CD set. The core idea is a good one -- Lambesis writes a bunch of thrashy riffs that head much more in the direction of bands like Warbringer and Fueled by Fire than his own full-time outfit, then gives them lyrics and titles relating to the Schwarzography -- "I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Motorcycle," "Come On, Do It, Do It, Come On, Come On, Kill Me, Do It Now," etc. -- and has some of the vocals delivered by an Arnold impersonator. The key word, though, and where this project falls apart, is the word "some." The "Arnold" voice only appears intermittently, sometimes as a spoken intro or a between-song skit, other times shouting on the chorus. The majority of the vocals are delivered in a fairly standard metalcore/thrash shout. This makes the whole thing a lot less funny than it could have otherwise been. The second disc, which features covers of metal and punk songs that have appeared in Schwarzenegger films, including Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice," Megadeth's "Killing Is My Business...and Business Is Good" and Motörhead's "Iron Fist," would really have benefited from "Arnie" as frontman -- otherwise, they're just ordinary covers. One additional note: the instrumental work on this album is uniformly terrific, and it features plenty of shredtastic guest appearances from Billy Sheehan, Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath, the Human Abstract's Andrew Tapley, Living Sacrifice's Rocky Gray, and more. But this project may have run its course, as far as reward on listener investment is concerned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841476927
  • Catalog Number: 14769
  • Sales rank: 30,053

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Austrian Death Machine Primary Artist
Mark MacDonald Guitar, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Tim Lambesis Bass, Guitar, Drums, Oboe, Vocals, Group Member
Kris Norris Guest Appearance
Jason Suecof Guest Appearance
Rocky Gray Guest Appearance
Kelly Cairns Background Vocals
Buz McGrath Guest Appearance
Daniel Castleman Harp
Jeff Gretz Drums
Daniel Gregory Vocals, Background Vocals
Josh James Vocals, Guest Appearance
Josh James Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jp Gericke Bass, Guest Appearance
Andrew Tapley Guest Appearance
Ahhnold Vocals
Chris Storey Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
James Hetfield Composer
Brian J. Ames Artwork
Edward Repka Cover Art
Tim Lambesis Composer, Lyricist, Producer
John Helmig Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Kelly Cairns Engineer
Daniel Castleman Engineer
Jp Gericke Composer
P. Taylor Composer
E. Clark Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Austrian Death Machine turns up the brutal-ness!

    In the follow-up album from Tim Lambesis' "Total Brutal", you get two Ahnolds, a slew of excellent original songs, and a second disc of extremely well done cover tunes from Arnold's movie soundtracks. Tim is able to replicate the feel of each band's unique sound, feel and riffs, including Megadeth, Cannibal Corpse, Motorhead, etc, and a truly awesome "Terminator" theme song instrumental.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Brutal and Entertaining!

    I just finally got this album, and I gotta say, it didn't disappoint. I have had the 1st album, Total Brutal, since just after it's release, and I loved it too! For any of you metal heads out there there aren't that familiar with this band, you would probably recognize the singer in this band, if you happen to be familiar with the band As I Lay Dying. The lead singers of both are one in the same, Tim Lambesis. This is Tim's side project aside from AILD, with the aid of various other people, and in case you didn't already notice, yes...it's Arnold Schwartzeneger-themed. Basically, all songs on either album, spare a few just kinda b.s. songs, are related to him and his movies. There are some skits throughout both this album and Total Brutal, in which Tim enlists the help of the lead singer of a band called Destroy The Runner to do an Ahnold impression, at which he does a great job at, and the skits involving him are hilarious! The metal is brutal and awesome too. For any of you metal heads out there that like both good metal and humor, then check out this and Total Brutal. Great stuff!

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