Childman - "Apathy Vein"
By Rat Bastard
With 'Apathy Vein,' Childman present 11 songs of pure
unadulterated aggression. Apathetic it certainly is not, but angry it most
certainly is (and apparently, I have briefly slipped into Yodaspeak; blame it
on the arrival of the new Star Wars flick).
It contains all of the traditional 'angry music to beat
people up to' elements. Chunky and bonecrushingly heavy guitar riffs, rumbling
bass, rumbling drums to go with that rumbling bass, growling vocals. Also, a
few samples and loops are occasionally thrown in for good measure.
Vocalist Keo reminds me of a young Dave Mustaine, minus all
tonality, and with the angry knob cranked all the way to 11 (you decide whether
or not this is a good thing). Meanwhile, backing vocalist/guitarist Larry
Guiterrez shouts counterpoint, delivering his lines in throaty blasts of
Most of the songs on Apathy Vein stomp along at a moderate,
but still very aggressive pace. However, there are a few, such as 'Forgive Me'
that fly along at breakneck speed. Of course, this only dictates the pace at
which one is meant to mosh around and smash things while listening to this
album, as it presents only one set of emotions, ranging from pissed to very
very fucking angry, and hitting all points between the two.
Does Childman present us with anything really new? Probably
not. However, fans of bands like Machine Head, Slayer, and Pantera will
probably enjoy quite well what Childman has to offer.
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