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Total Brutal
     

Total Brutal

5.0 3
by Austrian Death Machine
 
As a rule, Republicans aren't very popular among metal artists. Metal, with its over the top spirit of defiance and rebellion, epitomizes everything that extreme social conservatives rail against (although hip-hop seems to have replaced metal as the favorite musical whipping boy of the cultural far right). But not all Republicans are drooling social conservatives.

Overview

As a rule, Republicans aren't very popular among metal artists. Metal, with its over the top spirit of defiance and rebellion, epitomizes everything that extreme social conservatives rail against (although hip-hop seems to have replaced metal as the favorite musical whipping boy of the cultural far right). But not all Republicans are drooling social conservatives. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the action film star turned governor of California, has represented the more socially liberal wing of the GOP -- and he receives an enthusiastic metal salute from As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis on Total Brutal. Lambesis' side project doesn't sound anything like As I Lay Dying; both are metal, but unlike As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine favors thrash of the Megadeth/Exodus/early Metallica variety. However, Megadeth, Exodus and Metallica were never novelty acts -- which is exactly what Austrian Death Machine is. Unapologetically campy and goofy, Total Brutal pays tribute to The Governator with lyrics that were inspired by his films. Lambesis is the man in the driver's seat, although Chad Ackerman (of the band Chapter 14) is on board for an impression of Schwarzenegger -- and his impression isn't half bad. Humorous tracks like "Come with Me If You Want to Live," "Who Is Your Daddy, and What Does He Do?," "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It," and "You Have Just Been Erased" have a good laugh at The Governator's expense, but it isn't a condescending laugh -- not in the least. Rather, Lambesis' Schwarzenegger parody is obviously the work of someone who is a major Schwarzenegger fan; this 2008 release is a prime example of imitation being a form of flattery. Total Brutal is slightly inconsistent, but on the whole, it is a decent thrash outing that is good for some laughs -- as well as some free publicity for The Governator.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841468328
catalogNumber:
14683
Rank:
14736

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Performance Credits

Austrian Death Machine   Primary Artist
Dan Fitzgerald   Guitar,Soloist
Mark MacDonald   Guitar,Soloist
Adam Dutkiewicz   Guitar,Soloist
Tim Lambesis   Bass,Guitar,Trumpet,Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Jason Suecof   Guitar,Soloist
Eyal Levi   Guitar,Soloist
Jason Barnes   Guitar,Soloist
Duane Reed   Vocals
Nick Hipa   Guitar,Soloist
Marc Kohlbry   Vocals
Emil Werstler   Guitar,Soloist
Mike Catalano   Cymbals

Technical Credits

Edward Repka   Cover Art
Tim Lambesis   Composer,Producer
Daniel Castleman   Engineer

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Total Brutal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
darthroofman More than 1 year ago
"Austrian Death Machine" is "As I Lay Dying's" Tim Lambesis, pulling a metal version of Wes Borland's "Bigdumbface". The songs are great, the humor is apparent throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago