Punk and thrash metal go really very well together. Like they are so complimentary that it really shouldn’t come as a shock that without punk there would be no thrash metal. So when bands are able to harness the sheer frantic fury that is the thrash punk sound, it really does sound like the audio equivalent of a demolition derby. REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN have been able to capture this magic rather well on their new record Colossal Velocity.
Punk is a genre notorious for having genuine attention difficulties with songs, and REVENGE… continue this trend. Pretty much every song on this 17-track list is under the minute thirty mark and it allows for maximum impact on every song. Small Minded Nimby Prick shows the attitude that this band have in droves whilst also providing enough musical fodder to take notice. The opening track To Be Frank also kicks up an almighty ruckus as it just thrashes about with little restraint.
The real issues of the album begin to rear their head after not too long. It becomes increasingly apparent just how similar every song begins to sound, as the ridiculous speed and aggression being played just simply mixes all the songs together into one angsty mess. The vocals are typically punk and almost completely inaudible against the guitars and breakneck drumming.
The album does throw up some highlights though. The almost rancid-sounding Dismantling The Corby(n) Trouser Press makes for a welcome reprise from the in your face assault before it is quickly drowned back into obscurity by tracks like Stop Telling Me What To Do, which is essentially just chaos but in music form as the descending riff stirs relentlessly.
REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN are punk through and through, theres absolutely no doubt there. Taking the speed of MÖTORHEAD with the attitude and delivery of the original punk sound allows them to create a volatile creation in the form of Colossal Velocity. If the idea of an album with a shorter attention span than a toddler in toys ‘r us appeals to you, then REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN have what you need, with a nice hefty offering of swagger and attitude thrown in for good measure. Should you require something with a bit more depth and substance though, maybe staying away from this one is the best course of action. Whilst delivered with balls very much to the wall, the blurred mess that the album quickly turns into is too glaringly obvious not to have it hold it back.
Colossal Velocity is out now via TNSrecords.
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