Next review: » Brand New Sin - Recipe For Disaster
Well Come To The Galaxy
Released: 2000, Independent
Yes you read it right - I’m reviewing a Bralalalala CD! Members of our Metal Rules forum know who Mr. Bralalalala is thanks to his unusual “advertising” on the forum. Most of you have no idea about the music he plays though. I’ve read one comment saying it’s “second rate Pantera.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This has nothing in common with Pantera musically or vocally at all. The reason why some people haven’t bothered to check out what Bralalalala is about musically is because of his image and attitude. If you’ve ever seen pics of this guy, you’ll know what I’m talking about because in some photos he looks like a cross dresser! I am not going to pretend I understand why he bothers with that when he already has obvious musical talent; maybe it’s for shock value or something? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. I promised to review this album based on one thing only, and that is the music. So let’s dive in….
After putting aside the image and before I popped on this CD I didn’t know what to expect. I was thinking that the music MIGHT have something in common with Pretty Boy Floyd, Poison, or other 80’s glam metal bands. I was 100% wrong. Musically, Bralalala has more in common with Anthrax than any glam metal band!!! The music is not however a mere replication of Anthrax at all. I only use that as a point of reference to one of the only metal bands I can compare this too because Bralalalala’s music is very unique, technical and involved. On my first listen I was bombarded with complex riffing, time changes and a mixture of thrash and just plain weirdness!! It took me several listens to begin to get an idea of what Bralalalala is going for here. I think the two main standout tracks are the opener “The Primal Bend” (very cool intro with the lead guitar) and “Black Hole State” (containing perhaps the best chorus on the CD). The riffing on here is very much “start-stop” and choppy. “They Can’t Own This World!” begins with a big Celtic Frost (perhaps VANITY NEMESIS era) feel. This is dropped though after the intro. Thrash metal has clearly been an influence, but I wouldn’t call this thrash metal. There is some cool riffing on here and sections of songs almost sound “normal” then the weirdness cuts in. If you think insane attention deficit disorder metal sounds cool then you might dig this. I would of preferred if the riffs were spaced out in a few more places so we can grasp on to something rather than be thrown off as soon as we start to get into a section of music. My other complaint is that there is not much in the way of lead guitar. The riffing is complex and I’m sure soloing over such insane stuff would be a challenge, but still, why not? I wish there would have been more in the way of shredding on here; it would of made for even more madness. The vocals are also not “normal.” They are clear but they are more percussive than melodic. Some decent melody lines creep in, but it’s hardly what I’d call melodic vocals. I thought while listening to the music that the vocals were there too much. What I mean is, there seems to be singing over almost everything!! More breathing room for the music and riffs would have been nice.
Somewhere in Bralalalala lurks a great band. Perhaps the strange style of metal here is what they were aiming for. However, if I were the director of this band I’d rework things into something more coherent. For those of you who hoped I was going to trash this and make fun of Bralalalala, I’m sorry, but I judge music by the music, not by the image. There is some interesting stuff happening on here and the more I listened to this, the more I liked it. This is not entirely my forte when it comes to metal, as I prefer something with more melody and hooks. Despite that, I still enjoyed much of this album. Give it a chance, you might find yourself surprised.
Previous review: » Brainstorm - Soul Temptation