TRINITY TEST: Brutal Machine: CDEP

Brutal Machine starts out sounding like if ’80s Metallica had a more simplistic structure to their songs and also a little more punk influence. Other songs are more in the vein of three-chord, metallic punk. Sometimes the vocals are snotty and screamy but other times they’re backed with gang vocals. Trinity Test’s sound is pretty cookie cutter, the type of stuff I heard a lot back in the late ’90s. It’s not bad, per se, but I’m gonna need more to keep me engaged. Also, while I appreciate that these folks are anti-homophobia, titling a song “Homophobia Is Gay” isn’t helping. –Kurt Morris (ftwnu2.com)