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Skull Fist’s new album epitomizes “No False Metal”

Submitted by on December 10, 2013 – 10:29 pmNo Comment

Chasing the DreamWhen these guys in Skull Fist preach their motto “No False Metal,” they mean it.

Soon to be released in January 2014, the band’s new record Chasing the Dream starts off with a rush, and doesn’t stop for a solid 38 minutes of shred. As a highly anticipated follow-up to their debut release in 2011 Head of the Pack, this album had big shoes to fill. You can tell that the boys knew this when writing the new 9-track album.

Starting off with “Hour to Live,” the album has a time warp feeling with a guitar intro that gets progressively faster, breaking the walls of 4/4 timing into an oblivion of metal. This track will be a staple one live due to its energy and speed-infused guitars.

The following ballad is a metal-masterpiece talking about rescinding their goodness for bad and thus becoming eternally bad, aptly called “Bad for Good.” At first listen it sounds like he’s saying “back for good,” which could easily make sense with their highly demanded presence both in studio and on stage. Next up is the title track, with a slick guitar intro leading into a fast paced verse, with lyrics about their metal uprising. With lyrics like I see you in the street/always going slow/you should’ve done it right, they’re definitely calling out other groups that claim to be metal but don’t quite fit the bill. This track has, in my opinion, the best dual harmonized solos on the album.

Other notable tracks – although every last one is tight – are “Call of the Wild,” which has high-pitched guitar riffs with the vocals to match along with classic triplet strumming patterns, “Shred’s not Dead,” an instrumental with yet again an awesome intro of dueling guitar harmonies leading into progressive licks and breakdowns, and the sixth track “You’re Gonna Pay,” where Slaughter is calling out an unnamed party for failing the dream, and now it’s time for him/her to pay. This song has a sweet Dio-esque breakdown near the end that acts like a seventh-inning stretch in the album.

It’s a good thing too, because by this point you’re more than likely suffering from headbanger’s whiplash. “Don’t Stop the Fight,” is a good follow up tune because it puts your right back into the metal madness.

The last track “Mean Street Rider” opens with a sound byte from Jackie Slaughter’s unfortunate skateboarding incident last year where he broke his neck and face, before it breaks into a classic dark-toned metal guitar riff.

If you were already a Skull Fist fan, and loved their first album, then prepare to fall in love all over again. And if this is your first listen, then do yourself a favour and pick up Head of the Pack too, they are two ridiculously tight shred albums that need to be in your collection.

Review by Devin Size

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