Random Damage – Human Flytrap

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Reviewed: January 2008
Released: 2007, Music Buy Mail/Artist WorkXX
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Random Damage was founded by the ex-Annihilator drummer Ray Hartmann in 1994. Their debut came out two years later and HUMAN FLYTRAP is the band’s second album to date. Because of the founder’s work in Annihilator I really wanted to like the album, but its mix of very melodic heavy metal/college rock and mellcore music just makes me angry I wasted my time on such junk.
Despite the heavy use of edgy guitar riffs, every song is in the same mid-tempo pace which is dreadful to listen to for a long period of time. The music lacks any touch of evil or anger. It’s sad. This music must be the plainest album I’ve heard in quite a while and it fits better with a commercial radio station than a metal fanzine.
The bio claims that the band is aggressive, edgy, melodic, raunchy and biting. Where? This must be the friendliest aggressive album I have ever come across. And even though the disc clocks in at only 35 minutes it feels like minutes and seconds have never gone slower.
To be honest, this album is a piece of junk you can do without. The production is nothing to brag about and overall it’s a poor album. There are two songs I can listen to: “Burn” and “Hippocritic”. The rest is crap.


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Track Listing:
1. Hippocritic
2. Burn
3. Spineless
4. Walk Away
5. Tanqueray
6. Over My Head
7. Amplify
8. Man of Sin

Lineup:
John Prutton – bass
Dean Boland – guitar
Jonas Falle – lead vocals, guitar
Ray Hartmann – drums

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