"MIDDLE FINGER TECHNOLOGY"
|With a cheesy name that conjures up
thoughts of a glam rock band, this four piece from Thurrock are anything but
a bunch of sweet looking transvestites. Looking more grease and goatees than
lipstick and eyelashes, they peddle a hectic storm which is demonstrated
through the six tracks of this their third recording to date.
From the 90ís school of power-thrash - Slayer, Metallica, Biohazard, Pantera and particularly Prong - they wear their influences on their sleeves. With just a little industrialism creeping into the sound they blend this into a raw and very heavy cocktail of thundering metal. The approach seems to counter the recent trend of bands to utilise melody that tempers the heaviness, by using none of it at all and taking the retro route.
Providing an aural battering from start to finish, the gruff vocals do become a little one dimensional but the powerful riffs bleed all over them with little mercy. Not the best production job John Hannon has ever done, losing the vocals on a number of occasions over the huge sound of the guitars and drums, but then again that couldíve been deliberate to accentuate the effect further. This is basic metal with little thought of light and dark, it just chugs on regardless and eventually wears out. Perhaps itís a little unimaginative and lacks much variety but in a way that is part of the style, add in too many pace changes or complexities and it would just get in the way of the head- banging.
Maybe they could inject more imagination into their song writing - itís difficult to be original these days but letís at least try - or be a little more adventurous rather than just average. To hell with it, just pile out those big heavy riffs and let someone else worry about those sorts of things. For now, shaking your head is the only thing of importance. METAL! 5/10.
Rigsby (20th July, 2003)