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In the Face of the Enemy
February 2003
Released: 2002, Eclipse Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

The end of a long road is upon me. This will be my last CD review for this month and I have decided to finish with a bang. I received the latest CD from Disarray in the mail and from the first spin it has grabbed me. This is just straight ahead sludge tinged metal. Filled with a sonic wall of screams and manic riffing IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY is like being hit by a freight train while listening to Lynrd Skynrd on you’re A.M. radio. Formed by Chuck Bonnet, Disarray has released 2 CDs , WIDESPREAD HUMAN DISASTER(1995) and A LESSON IN RESPECT (1999) along with the E.P. BLEED in 1997. Joining him and his vision of sonic mayhem are Dave Peridore: drums and Vance Wright: bass.

Opening the CD is “Depths of the Wreckage”. This song sets the stage for the rest of the release with its kick you in the face mentality. Bonner’s guitar playing is chunky and full of riffs that scream with attitude. The tempo is kicked up a notch on “Neverending Quest for Revenge” and “This World”. Both songs are head banging delights and I found myself returning to them numerous times for their infectious rhythms. The highlight of IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY is the 5 and a half minute track “Powers That Be”. This track reminds me of the Canadian band SFH with its groovy riffs. The CD closes with the surprising acoustic track “Life is Gone”. Acoustic tracks are not usually very interesting but southern influenced bands always seem to do them right. Zakk Wylde’s BOOK OF SHADOWS is a prime example. Bonner sings a little more on this track and it makes me wonder why he doesn’t do it a bit more throughout the CD because he has a good voice with a lot of character.

The cover art for the disc is interesting as it depicts an almost zombie like creature about to be executed. The production duties on this disc were handled by GWAR front man Dave “Oderus Ungerus” Brockie who liked the band so much that he brought them on tour with Gwar. There is also a guest appearance by Balsac the Jaws of Death on the track “I’ll Be Standing”. With the popularity of bands like Brand New Sin, Alabama Thunderpussy, Superjoint Ritual and Down, its only a matter of time before Disarray creates their own little niche in the sludgy southern fried universe.
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