23 July 2013
Hands up! How many of you Dillinger Escape Plan aficionados realised that, eighteen months prior to his discreet tip-toe out of the fold, guitarist Jeff Tuttle was fronting another band? Yes, they even released a self-titled EP in 2011 which largely went unnoticed to pretty much anyone outside of Detroit (well, anyone who doesn’t read Thrash Hits, at any rate).
With all of the ferocity and none of the fanfare, Old Gods’ debut full-length Stylized Violence has finally emerged like an alley-way hammer attack to the back of the head. Tuttle has teamed with his former Heads Will Roll bandmate, bassist Derek Swanson, as well as guitarist Randall Kupfer and drummer Tony Wolski, to create tracks like the savage, slickly titled opener ‘Slaughtered Vomit Doll’, and ‘Burlesque Suicide’, which seethes with a fierce chemistry of four pissed-off men with a point to make. What point? The band’s press sheet might outlines some pseudo-intellectual musical response to continually homogenised art, both musically and cinematic, but what Old Gods are really achieving though is painting a filthy sonic landscape that’s unwaveringly feral. Each riff lurches with an obnoxious disregard to pace or control but delivered like a knife point and Jeff’s vocals spew with stark intensity.
There’s a certain je ne sais quoi in the frantic twelve tracks Stylized Violence serve up; a warm feeling in realising that Old Gods still retain that steadfast refusal to sound anything other than the anti-commercial middle-finger of the late 80s-come-early 90s DIY crossover scene. This is not only a response to that aforementioned homogenised art, this is a passionate homage to the ethics of the old school. No bullshit. No thrills. Just pure uncompromising violence.
Sounds Like: …it should be soundtrack to a filmed carpark dogfight somewhere in Wallsall.
Standout Tracks: Slaughtered Vomit Doll, Rumble Fish, Burlesque Suicide