Released: 2012, Self-Released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The Global Elite is the debut album from Minneapolis based band Skrog! I am shocked that the band consists of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist/composer Jay Reiter, which amazed me that one person can come up with such a great concept and sound.
I was actually meant to review this album back in November 2012 but with being busy it slipped through, but after hearing it again today I just had to review it! First impression of this album is its strength and powerful introduction with a strong concept throughout. The tracks and lyrics are based on the current state of American politics and policies.
The album starts out with The Revelation, a song which draws parallels between the current global state of affairs and the last book of the Bible. The second track, MK-Ultra, is a song about the declassified CIA operation that involved dosing unaware U.S. citizens with illegal mind altering drugs. Military Industrial Complex uses samples from Eisenhower’s farewell address and JFK’s “Monolithic Conspiracy” speech to paint a grim picture of an unheeded warning against current military expansion. The fourth track, Submit, is a fast paced declaration of resistance against the Global Elite. End of the World (As You Know It), the album’s fifth track, is a prediction of the end of peace in America and the start of global nuclear war. The album takes a turn at the sixth track from political doom and gloom; Dark Metamorphosis poses a more surreal apocalypse – the rise of the undead. The Hunter and The Hunted are a two-part concept; the former being an instrumental that takes the listener through a soundscape of the synthetic and the acoustic, the latter being a fast paced thrash song about the lives of the elite through their own eyes.
With so many twists and turns and afew surprises, it’s hard to put this album into a single genre as there are many influences here, but I’d definitely say Industrial Metal; a genre I really loved but seemed to disappear afew years ago, but this album sounds similar to bands such as Ministry/Fear Factory with Jay saying he takes influences from old Industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly to even Metal bands such as Slayer and I can certainly hear some Strapping Young Lad in there too!
With so many influences taken from bands that I adore, it’s no surprise I instantly fell in love with this album and I loved the aggression, fantastic guitar riffs and black/death metal like vocals throughout, simply combining everything together into making one amazing album!
The only regret I have is not reviewing this fantastic album sooner! Be sure to check out Skrog’s music video’s on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/skrogband.
Review by Jo Blackened