3/15/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Early Man - Closing In - 2006 - Matador Records
Mike Conte (vocals, guitar, bass) and Adam Bennati (drums) clean up and clean out, romping and rasslin' their way to the finish line by offering up eleven solid cuts of lumbering, titanic madness. Often enough the band rage with that British nod to the doom and gloom crossed up with the most drenched of blues licks. One solid ear to the wattage of "Death Is The Answer" should prove these boys are cut from the same cloth as old time favorites like Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus, however you can also say they are caught up in that new school movement that seems to be sweeping the nation. While cuts like "Thrill Of The Kill" and "Like A Goddamn Rat" move with the most sadistic of Sabbath swagger, other cuts fast forward into the heart of the '80s. Just listen to fast moving numbers like "Feeding Frenzy", "Evil Is", or "War Eagle" for a crash thrash course based on the raw approach laid out so long ago by Metallica, Diamond Head, and of course the mighty Venom. This band just crushes and annihilates the listeners and play by players, this is a roller coaster, high octane affair that recalls what the actual building blocks are for this genre. This isn't so much a rehashing or retelling of a story, more like an addition to or simply a renovation.
Early Man is mandatory listening in today's day and age. They remind us of where we have been and where we are going, putting it all down on a pace that is just right to follow. This is a bare bones, metallic upbringing that is ripe for re-fuel and re-launch. Heaven bless the boys of Britain, or in this case that upstate New York area where these lads hone their craft. May the hammers continue to forge in the fires.
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