Released: 7th , Prosthetic Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
"Take Over and Destroy isn’t just their name, its their mission.”
This little soundbite sums up my experience upon playing T.O.A.D’s first full length, self titled album. I heard conflicting influences, Death and Roll, Doom, Post Punk, Gothic Punk and 70’s psychedelic.
At first i was taken aback mainly because i wasn’t totally aware of what i was listening too. The opening track By Knife starts off the album with a kick to the teeth and perfectly mixes Death and roll with some post punk elements. After listening to that track and the flow up track Leave the Door i thought okay, this is what i’m going to get for the rest of the album and i geared my brain accordingly.
By track 3 i’m thrown off completely as Let me Grieve opens up with a Doom riff with Moonspell like vocals. At this point i stopped listening, totally bamboozled and confused. I revisit later on and wonder if i’m going to really like this album and at first i’ll be honest, i really didn’t, but by the albums end i can’t help to appreciate what they are trying to do, to challenge peoples preconceptions of what Doom is, what Death en Roll is, what metal or rock and roll in general is.
Stand out tracks include Love Among Ruins and the album closer, Night work Begins that rounds off an album that really took me by surprise. As i come to write this review they really have take over and destroyed my rigid metal brain.
Well done guys!