MENACE – Impact Velocity (Season of Mist)

The crème de la crème of Industrial Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

 

Menace is the new project of Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Shane Embury along with Frédéric Leclercq (Dragonforce), Derek Roddy (Serpents Rise, ex- Hate Eternal, ex-Malevolent Creation) and Nicola Manzan.

This team alone would be enough to give this album a spin (maybe two), but they’re not just a cohort of stars seeking to make some dough by joining themselves. This is one of the raddest projects of XXI Century!

The hard rock/metal presented here is different from everything else out there. It’s not hair metal, or some bullocks sold out to us as the new modern thing: this is pure ALICE COOPER/OZZY OSBOURNE for fuck sake!

First track I Live With Your Ghost remembers the g(l)ory days of Cooper’s Brutal Planet and Dragontown. Pure industrial hard rock to rock our heads off. What a great song, this is one of the coolest things to ever happen to music these days. The lyrics are kinda futuristic and they have robotic pessimism intrinsic in them.

Another highlight is To the Marrow that is one of these sticky sounds that is simply IMPOSSIBLE to not like. An instant hit!

The industrial heaviness of I Won’t See The Sun bring to the forefront who the guys behind this opus really are for it is very industrial in a Fear Factory way, but over again with hints of Alice Cooper from the beginning of the current century.

Conversely Drowning in Density is pure Ozzy (solo work) mainly from the phase of Black Rain towards. Even the Mitch Harris voice (yes he sings all the songs, and what a vocalist) sounds like Ozzy in this one.

Other song that I love is the title track which brings the industrial nightmare to fold with some insane guitars and fast drumming, this one being very death metal indeed.

But heads up: although the opus has this kind of distinct sounds it echoes seamless. The cohesive art put in practice by these expert musicians is what makes Impact Velocity a 100% work.

The industrial experimentation of Seamless Integration is pure fun!

This is one of the albums of the year in my opinion. The work that these dudes created is something that deserves to be heard by every metalhead out there. Long live Menace!

(Daniel Death)

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