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Piece Of The Factory
July 2016
Released: 2015, Tribunal Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

I’m a little behind on reviewing this CD from 2015 but I feel this underground band is worth some attention.

PIECE OF THE FACTORY is the 4th album from this American quartet who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band. Even though I have only just discovered this band on my own with the release of their 4th album, I am already impressed with their career; namely starting in the mid-90’s doing an unpopular style of Metal (with mainstream people) but surviving all these years, it is impressive even if they are not a household name.

I really like the album, it is very catchy and for all of us working tradesmen, the cover art can speak to us! The music speaks to me as well as it is classic US Power Metal along the lines of bands like Flotsam And Jetsam. The 10-song, 51- minute album boasts very thick warm production and the vocals of Scott Featherstone are quite high in the mix which is what I like to hear. His tone and delivery do remind me of mid-era Erik A.K. of Flotsam, the primary source of my association with that band. Other touchstones might be Armoured Saint or Vicious Rumors, but these guys have their own identity while staying within the boundaries of the conventions of the genre. PIECE OF THE FACTORY doesn’t get crazy with extra parts, or symphonies or cover tunes, or novelty stuff, they are meat and potatoes American Metal that goes down so well. One of the punchiest songs on the record is buried in the middle, a cut called ‘ A Good Old Fashioned Beating’ which almost verges in 90’s thrash territory; meaning slow thrash like Anthrax, Testament, and Metallica, not razor sharp, kill-thrash like Overkill and Exodus. Just before that song is a very decent Power (almost) ballad, with the obligatory acoustic guitar intro, called ‘Beside You, Beside Me’. There is some really decent guitar work, I love the solo section in the cut ‘Hard To Follow’ where fingers are a-flyin’! The tempo of the album is slow to mid-paced but lots of heft and a few bursts of speed add some dynamics to the solid songs, such as the nice double-kick work on ‘The Prisoner’.

I like this record and I keep coming back to it, which is a sign of quality and or enjoyment. These guys have great melody and power and avoid falling the trap of so many (formerly great) 90’s bands who started to down-tune and experiment with the dreaded ‘groove’, instead of staying true to the cause of Metal. The band took 10 years to release this album so I hope they can capitalize on this momentum and they don’t take another 10 years! I’m going to have to go back and dig up those first three rare, independent albums buy Enertia, they have a new fan. Until then, PIECE OF THE FACTORY will be in my rotation!
Track Listing

1. Do It Again
2. Demons of Silence
3. The Hardest Sorrow
4. Piece of the Factory
5. Beside You, Beside Me
6. An Old Fashioned Beating
7. Hard to Follow
8. The Prisoner
9. Can't Breathe
10. Letting Go


Scott Featherstone Vocals
Roman Singleton Guitars
Joe Paciolla Bass
Jeff Daley Drums



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