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Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard - Supersonic Rock 'n' Roll

Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard
Supersonic Rock 'n' Roll
by Daniel Stefanov at 19 June 2017, 1:00 PM

It is truly amazing the effect that various substances have on the brain. That irrelevant observation aside, ZOMBIE MOTORS WRECKING YARD are the epitome of badass, or at least that's the story they are selling, and for now I'm buying. "Supersonic Rock 'n' Roll" is the thunder from down under, the debut release of these ever so slightly more "Mad" than "Max" Aussies. Ever wondered what "drugs, sex and rock'n'roll" sounds like in the 21st century? UNDEAD ENGINES DESTRUCTION FIELD have your answer, in the form of nearly an hour-long assault on the senses. Visual senses before all, as the cover art is a slap to the face of the art of cover art, repetition deliberate, as this album has the capacity to cause brain lapses, if not already present.

"Grind the Grinder" opens the album with appropriately grinding sound, roaring vocals, tight pounding rhythm and dirty guitars. "Dead Smile" is more of the same, in a bit slower tempo. "Galactic Motherfucker" immediately captures the attention with how rhythmic and unique it is, however, being the staple of the release, it is similarly hard to put into words, as the whole album.  From then on, a track by track description becomes pretty difficult, as all the songs seem cast from the same mold, with slight variations on the riffs and lyrics, but… who cares about lyrics at this point? "Love for Speed" is perfectly fitting, both musically and thematically, for a "Need for Speed" soundtrack, I would not be surprised to see it there. "Roll'n'Burn" is a slow and groovy take on the familiar formula, "Fight Fight Fight" is just more of the same with some different guitarwork and weird slow mid-section.

"Supersonic Rock'n'Roll" takes its time to start, and once it does it's nothing special, simplistic riffs over repetitive drumming and the usual coarse singing. "Bad Boy Benny" is a confusing mess of country and rock influences with a sludge filter that overstays its welcome by about four and a half minutes. "God of No" has more depth and atmosphere than the tracks so far, and shows that the band do take themselves seriously at times. It is followed by "Judas", which is too confusing for my tired brain. Aside from the bonus track "Sick Sad City", "Judas" is the album closer, and it ends fittingly on a half-minute long distorted screech.

Overall, "Supersonic Rock'n'Roll" is a great album to pick a song or two from, for specific use. It's very situationally-likable. For that reason, it can potentially be a great source of soundtracks. However, it is extremely challenging to listen to start to end, like a regular album is supposed to. It has been compared to ROB ZOMBIE, but I find ROB ZOMBIE's more commercial approach much more likeable. This album definitely requires a shot or two before I could bear listening to the whole of it again. And by shot, I don't necessarily mean alcohol.

Songwriting: 4
Originality: 5
Memorability: 6
Production: 9

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Grind the Grinder
2. Dead Smile
3. Galactic Motherfucker
4. Love for Speed
5. Roll 'n' Burn
6. Fight Fight Fight
7. Supersonic Rock 'n' Roll
8. Bad Boy Benny
9. God of No
10. Judas
Lineup:
Leigh - Drums
Coop - Bass
Mark - Vocals, Guitar
Darren - Guitar
Record Label: Napalm Records
     


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