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One Man Army And The Undead Quartet
21st Century Killing Machine
April 2006
Released: 2006, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This band, with the very long name, emerged from the mind of the ex-The Crown singer Johan Lindstrand during the hot summer of 2004. Johan originally came up with the band name before he even had a line-up. At the end of the same year, Lindstrand recorded a 6 track demo called WHEN HATRED COMES TO LIFE, and the search for members began. By February 2005 he had found all the missing links necessary to fulfill his dream of a band of his own. A few record labels contacted them but they choose to sign with Nuclear Blast and now it’s time to unleash the bands debut album for the masses.



21st CENTURY KILLING MACHINE sounds exactly what the title hints - it’s a massive melodic death metal platoon that fires off one heavy riff after another with believe it or not rock’n’roll bullets. You can say that this album is what you’ll get if you let Entombed and Mustasch record an album together – in other words death’n’roll.



This album has its up and downs and if only the band either turned up the death metal a notch or maybe focused on playing harder rock the outcome would feel stronger and more solid. If you look away from that, it’s fun to hear Lindstrand back on vocals again and he proves that he still is able to write explosive and groin-kicking songs.



Labels: http://www.nuclearblast.de AND http://www.soundpollution.se
Track Listing

Killing Machine
Behind The Church
Public Enemy No 1
No Apparent Motive
Hell Is For Heroes
When Hatred Comes To Life
So Grim, So True, So Real
Devil On The Red Carped
Branded By Iron
Bulldozer Frenzy
The Sweetness Of Black
Mary’s Raising The Dead

Lineup

Johan Lindstrand – lead vocals
Valle Adzic – bass
Marek Dobrowolski – drums
Pekka Kiviaho – rhythm guitar
Mikael Lagerblad – lead guitar

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One Man Army And The Undead Quartet
21st Century Killing Machine
July 2006
Released: 2006, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

2006 is shaping up to the comeback year for ex-members of The Crown. Guitarist Marko Tervonen has released his Angel Blake album and now (actually back in January) former Crown vocalist Johan Lindstrand is making his return with his new band, One Man Army & the Undead Quartet. After getting a quick start in 2005 with their WHEN HATRED COMES TO LIFE EP, the band felt it was time to unleash their full fury with a full length.

After a few listens to the album, it is obvious that Lindstrand is not straying to far from his roots as 21st CENTURY KILLING MACHINE is a clear extension of his previous band. A little less speed and a little more melody perhaps, but you can definitely hear where Lindstrand is coming from on this disc: it’s full of the death/thrash we came to expect from the Swedish juggernauts. “Killing Machine” opens with an infectious riff, perhaps one of the best of the year, before Lindstrand’s familiar shredded vocals tear the song wide open. It carries on like this for almost 50 minutes, but unfortunately the band’s riff machine runs out of steam ¾ of the way through. Too bad, ‘cause there is some really great material here, and lead guitarist Mikael Lagerblad proves himself to be an excellent, talented find.

When the smoke clears, 21st CENTURY KILLING MACHINE is a fairly safe move for Lindstrand to make – to me it shows that he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks, he’s going to play the music he wants. More power to him, I say, as this is an entertaining album overall. Hopefully the next time out the band will come up with a few more great songs to match the obvious talent on hand.
Track Listing

1) Killing Machine
2) Devil on the Red Carpet
3) Public Enemy No. 1
4) No Apparent Motive
5) Hell is for Heroes
6) When Hatred Comes to Life
7) So Grim So True So Real
8) Behind the Church
9) Branded By Iron
10) Bulldozer Frenzy

Lineup

Johan Lindstrand: Vocals
Mikael Lagerblad: Lead Guitars
Pekka Kiviaho: Rhythm Guitars
Robert Axelsson: Bass
Marek Dobrowolski: Drums

Other reviews

» 21st Century Killing Machine
by Anders Sandvall

» 21st Century Killing Machine
by Waspman

» Error In Evolution
by J. Campbell


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