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Head Of The Pack
December 2011
Released: 2011, NoiseArt
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Last year I named Skullfist’s debut EP the Best EP of 2010. It comes as no surprise that the new debut, full-length album HEAD OF THE PACK is a supremely killer record. They were signed to NoiseArt on the strength of the debut EP, which I reviewed here back in August of 2010.

This eleven track CD is a nice package with cover art of Phil from Chromium Dioxide fanzine doing the honors with a drawing of their mascot dude (he needs a name!) taking out some posers. A couple of the tracks from the EP, HEAVIER THAN METAL made it onto the album that’s acceptable because they are great songs that deserve to be heard by a wider audience. Along with a nice cover of Tokyo Blade’s, ‘Attack Attack’, the other eight original cuts are all killer. In hindsight I don’t think I’ve heard any other band cover Tokyo Blade, so it's a good choice. All the songs have a sense of Metallic urgency, just the classic 80’s Metal sound. The one slow(ish) song ‘Commit To Rock’ is probably the best song the Scorpions never wrote. The lead off, title-track with multiple little guitar flourishes will leave you smiling for a week.

These guys are so old-school it’s beautiful. For a guy like me who grew up listening to Iron Angel, Riot and Tokyo Blade, Skullfist have got it all, the looks, the moves, the sound, the individual talent and most of all great songs. Every song is catchy, well-composed and in that nice, memorable 4-5 minute range. The vocals of Jackie Slaughter are in the higher range and he is not afraid to use his range and power to really belt out the metal lyrics.

Along with Striker, Stinger, Hrom, Midnight Malice, Untimely Demise and a handful of other young bands, Skullfist are the bright northern lights in Canada true Metal scene. If you missed the EP, get on board, pick up HEAD OF THE PACK and prepared to be fisted!
Track Listing

1. Head of the Pack
2. Ride the Beast
3. Commanding the Night
4. Get Fisted
5. Cold Night
6. Tear Down the Wall
7. Commit to Rock
8. Ride On
9. Like a Fox
10. No False Metal
11. Attack Attack


Jackie Slaughter-Vocals, Guitar
Jonny Nesta-Guitar
Casey Slade-Bass

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