POISON PILL – POISON PILL (Sliptrick Records)
Here’s the funny part: I actually asked for this album to review and then completely forgot what Poison Pill sounded like! Chalk it up to being super busy with the show, and don’t in any way let it reflect on these guys, because you’d be doing yourself a disservice.
Poison Pill starts off with an intro that, thankfully, didn’t drag on too long or was too monotonous. It then kicks into top gear overdrive with “Wake the Sinner,” which, when I heard the guitar divebomb- and I’m being completely honest – I looked to my left speaker and my face lit up like Christmas!
You just don’t hear enough divebombing anymore. The song isn’t too profound musically, but it just does NOT have to be! Its driving beats and mammoth guitars are on par with Megadeth and Hammerfall.
And then the singing started, where I was greeted by a super huge “what the fuck” moment.
Ok, before I go any further, someone PLEASE put the roster on the website? If I don’t know who you are, I can’t brag about how you sounded, in quick succession, like Dave Mustaine, mister Rob Halford, and King- god dammit- Diamond!
And it doesn’t stop there, the album’s title track continues the Megadeth inspired riffing and vocal style, but it never becomes contrived. In my mind, Ol’ Dave could learn a thing or two from these guys, not only about how to write a song, but maybe, I dunno, MIXING?
Whoever the singer is, is able to mesh several styles together successfully, while the guitars travel between King Diamond and Hammerfall. It really gets in your head. I think, if I had to nitpick, I’d say that their choice of hihat could’ve been better – it’s too tinny and dead but that is literally me forcing myself to find a flaw.
There’s even “Call of the Precious (which I can only assume is a marvelous salute to Lord of the Rings)”, which harkens back to old 80’s glam metal and Judas Priest.
Poison Pill pulls on the classic metal heartstrings and lovers of the good old days with a modern twist should run, not walk, to grab a copy of this album RIGHT NOW. Some would compare these guys to Avenged Sevenfold, while others would punch those guys square in the daddy bags for such blasphemy. No matter who they remind you of, this band is wicked awesome and for that Poison Pill earns a solid 5 out of 5!
Poison Pill dropped November 7, 2017. Pick it up, people.
FFO: Judas Priest, Megadeth, King Diamond
01 – Introspection
02 – Wake the Sinner
03 – Pitch Black
04 – Redeye
05 – Confession of a Liar
06 – Jurisdictional Confusion
07 – Deathblow
08 – Poison Pill
09 – Call of the Precious
10 – Terminal Point
11 – Demons
12 – Exit
Band members have chosen to remain anonymous.
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Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media on November 6, 2017