A SLEW of recent Download announcements has gotten me in the mood for moshing recently, and with decent metal albums few and far between in 2010, I've dug out a beauty for a Classic Collection airing - American Head Charge's 2001 introduction The War Of Art. Brutally sadistic in subject matter, singer Martin Cock verges on parody covering subjects such as murder and rape. Luckily Cock has the talent to back this up, growling, whispering, roaring, shouting and occasionally singing peerlessly. This intensity is matched by the guitarwork of Chad Hanks, who met Cock in a rehab centre, which is as equally raw and aggressive as it is technically brilliant, disregarding the usual frameworks of time signiatures and song structures throughout - lead single Just So You Know switches from seven beats in a bar to eight beats in a bar mid-chorus, losing no momentum. An onslaught of an album in every sense, when the group sang they were Pushing The Envelope here, it was more like they were bludgeoning the envelope to death.
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