"Your World of Tomorrow"
Small Stone Records
on the increasingly obvious theme of slumbering humanity guided
by multi-national corporations using social networking sites as
a virtual carrot on a stick, Ironweed’s sophomore outing for
Small Stone records disguises itself as a sci-fi concept record.
The press release goes so far as to call it “the Matrix with
guitars.” But the façade of fiction wears away quickly
when you stop reading this review right here to check Facebook.
the sheep are gone, let’s talk metal. Upstate New York has
been a hotbed of shredding-edge metal for over a decade, the band
Greatdayforup the vanguard. With the demise of that band, the core
reinvented themselves and got someone who can actually sing –
sometimes a bit too much like a young David Lee Roth – to
act as mouthpiece.
result is a metal barrage interspersed with moments of melody and
hairpin breaks in odd (i.e. jazz) time signatures. At times sludge,
at times boogie-woogie, at times anthemic warrior rock (those who
have heard the Valient Thorr will know what I’m talking about),
the band will throw in some dreamy nuances ala Sonic Youth just
to keep listeners on their toes.
the record attacks from all angles. Twin guitars hacking and slashing,
sometimes in tandem, sometimes at odds but always working toward
the goal of utter subjugation of the senses. The rhythm section
holds the bottom down as though driven into the bedrock beneath
leads me to my only complaint. The drum sound on this record is…
off. The percussion is just not very percussive. The cymbals sound
fine – resonant and metallic, as they should. But the drums
themselves sound muddy and dead. I’m not a drummer, I don’t
have the vocabulary to adequately explain it, but you’ll notice.
Just don’t let it be all you notice.
minor engineering complaint aside, “Your World of Tomorrow”
is nothing short of hypnotic. Which may be the band’s intention.
Get off the computer and worship us, the record seems to say.
seems perfectly reasonable.