If you don’t have a sense of humor, stop reading now! This will not be a drawn out long review! Serious, don’t even bother reading this review! For one, when I received the first initial AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE release I thought it was brilliant. Creator TIM LAMBESIS took the S.O.D. format to the next level keeping it simple, keeping it humorous without going over the top, and keeping the focus simply, “Ahhnold.” So when I learned that there was something lurking in the future for ADM, I couldn’t wait to give it a listen.
This time around we venture into other movies like PUMPING IRON and JINGLE ALL THE WAY, while sticking with the tried and true in THE TERMINATOR and TOTAL RECALL, as well as breaking out some fun cover songs. The music is simple, straight forward old school thrash, guitar solos a plenty courtesy of BUZZ MCGRATH (UNEARTH), KRIS NORRIS (ex-DARKEST HOUR), and ANDREW TAPLEY (THE HUMAN ABSTRACT) just to name a few. “Allow Me To Break The Ice,” “See You At The Party Richter,” and “I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Motorcycle” are all excellent, well-crafted songs that fit perfectly with the dimension of the humor of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the lead singer of a metal band. The songs are thrashy, have breakdowns, and aim nothing to be nothing more than a moshing good time!
The cover songs are quite good too as Ahhnold even gives his thoughts on METALLICA and the song “Trapped Under Ice” as well as the possibility of doing the theme song from The Terminator, and even lending his vocal talents to MEGADETH, JUDAS PRIEST, and THE MISFITS. The best cover on the album is simply “Iron Fist” from the mighty MOTORHEAD. Without saying much more, if you like old school Thrash, have a sense of humor, and can hang in the pit, check it out and enjoy!
RATING: 9 / 10
LABEL: Metal Blade
By Mark Thompson