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Speeed - Powertrip Pigs (Reissue) - 2006 - Crash Music

Track Listing
1. What Dya Want
2. Dragon
3. China Town
4. Zombies
5. I Used To Believe
6. Monkey Brains
7. Chrystal Meth
8. Sin
9. Speed
10. Powertrip Pigs
11. Ride Like The Wind
It is all about Jack Frost for the early part of 2006. We welcomed the year with a new Seven Witches album, two Seven Witches reissues, a new solo record, a DVD, and NOW Crash Music has dug into Massacre's back catalogue to introduce the one album project Speeed from 1999. This band was a combination of Jack Frost on guitar, ex-Annihilator frontman Aaron Randall, ex-Annihilator drummer Ray Hartmann, and ex-Tragedy Divine bassist Bernie Altman. The band itself was a fantastic mixture of hard rock flavorings and aggressive thrash overtones. At the time the record was probably a little ahead of its time, probably more like the types of hybrid bands floating around in today's much more popular metal pools.

This of course is the first time the album has seen US shores, with the previous Massacre Album only seeing European distribution. Fans of Jack Frost's solo material will probably find more to like here than his power metal endeavors with Seven Witches simply because this is a much more diversified offering of various metal styles. However few can resist the absolutely crushing melody and lead playing on groove oriented tracks like "Dragon" and "Monkey Brains". The band really compose some strange song structures, almost going as far as sounding slightly more industrial or even leaning very slightly towards the early "nu metal" playing field of that time period. The first track I heard from the album was "China Town", which was featured on a Metal Merchant sampler. I was blown away by the hard rock power put on display there, with Randall in complete command behind Frost's massive guitar chops. Throughout the album the band showcase the rock offerings, the thrash precision, and often enough the strange, diverse industrial styled efforts.

For the most part this is a solid album with very little filler tracks. Really no matter what mood you are in you can find plenty to like about "Powertrip Pigs". Fans of Jack Frost will find this mandatory, however fans of Annihilator's "Set The World On Fire" should find Aaron Randall's voice on par with his performance on that album. The only other album I could find that was anything like this was Alice Cooper's "Brutal Planet" one year later.



--EC 04.16.06

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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