Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Struck By Lightning - Serpents (2009)

From last.fm:

"Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Struck By Lightning formed in 2009, features Gregory Lahm (previously of Mouth of the Architect) on vocals and guitars, accompanying by Travis Kline, Mike Leach and Thomas Owens (previously of Menorrhagia). Encompassing the aggression and punk slathering of His Hero Is Gone and Disfear with the progressive rock acrobatics of Mastodon and Big Business, Struck By Lightning create ferocious and hairsplitting aggression that will undoubtedly take the world by storm."

This is a pretty sweet band I picked up awhile back that I figured I'd share because I've heavily been enjoying them the last week. Excuse my review because I am very tired and if the Freudian slip just so happens to make its way in here forgive me. Struck By Lightning seem to take that awesome energy that is present in hardcore and give it a real cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust as fuck sound. They manage to throw in some very sludgy melodic riffs but also make it mathy at times. As the last.fm description states, it's as if your caught in the middle of a ferocious storm that just strikes you with hairsplitting aggression. The chug chug chugs don't get THAT out of hand to the point where it's just a fucking wall of sound nor are the vocals overpowering. Hell, if you listen to it close enough you can hear a bit of a d-beat sound, like in the track Supercell. The only thing I see comparable to these bad asses are somewhere in between His Hero Is Gone and Baroness. Yeah, that's a great combination. If you're a fan of my blog and don't get a kick out of these guys you seriously have some mental issues. I promise they won't disappoint. Check the youtube link for reference!


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