RAISED FIST: Dedication: CD

Ever wonder what it would feel like, being that lone sock tumbling around in the dryer at the laundromat? This is what the soundtrack would sound like. From the opening drum roll, the music accelerates at a rapid pace, feeling like you are about to be run over by a Mack truck. The vocalist has the skills to compete with Spike from DRI. He is pretty phonetic for the sheer speed he has to sing to. The guitar is tuned down a tad and expels the metal at a high tempo force that it is played. The drummer bangs with the best of them and can stop on a dime and move into machine gun mode. The bass thuds like feet stuck in mud to effectively add the character of heaviness to their music. The lyrics are personal observations of question but written with thought and insight. Metalcore that beats you the way you like to be beaten. One of the heaviest releases I have heard this year. If you are familiar with this band, I personally believe this is ten times better than their Fuel album. Did I mention they are from Sweden?

 –don (Burning Heart)