He is a naughty boy, isnít he?Ē, said Steve Irwin about ten seconds
before he got stabbed to death by a fish. A fucking fish! This still
pisses me off, since itís one asshole less to sincerely get annoyed by
on TV. Alright, I admit it, this has nothing to do with the German
metal band you wanted to read about upon clicking this link.
So what do you want to know? Well, Iíll just tell you head on:
this is a band with huge potential. But that doesnít mean anything, now
does it? Well try this on for size: guttural vocals (in the lower death
metal tradition) over thrashing guitar riffs, with rhythms that remind
one of the pre-thrash era (being MotŲrhead). And on the other hand, you
could link it to Helloween. Then itís straight into the heavy metal
harmonies. Oh, metalcore! No wait, whatís that part, it sounds just
like.. Shit, do I hear a violin? Oh, no, itís death metal again. What
Hereís your problem, folks: these Germans crammed way, way too
many ideas into this debut project. Itís a chaotic amalgamation of
heavy metal styles that sounds pretty fucking cool for about fifteen
seconds, before slamming into another genre. Thatís a damn shame,
because it sounds loaded and promising.
What isnít a damn shame, rather a damn shitty idea, is that usage
of a violin I mentioned earlier. I'm personally not a fan of any
classical instrument in heavy music, but with Crikey it will be
hard to deny that itís totally out of place. But then again, what place
would that be? What the hell are these guys playing in the first place?
Now, again: Crikey has great potential. Someone should get
their asses in a studio with a great producer. Or perhaps fire seven of
their forty-three band members. Get some consistency in this chaos. You
can hear it will be great if half the ideas get tossed out, starting
with the god awful violin. Come again, thank you.