Armor Column-Maximum Collateral Damage

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BAND: Armor Column
ALBUM: Maximum Collateral Damage
YEAR: 2011
Written By: Rene
Apr 17 2012

Here you go, metal...pure and simple. Damn, I cannot believe I am hearing this for the first time! The album has an incredibly wild range of style from the crunch and velocity of thrash to a vocal style resulting from what seemingly appears to be an unholy genetic experiment involving King Diamond, Bobby Blitz and perhaps even Matt Barlow with Joey Belladonna. You throw into that volatile mix rhythms, shark sized hooks and blazing leads which run the gamut of heavy metal history from a long haired Halford to Ruthie's Inn and the result you get is explosive!

Yeah, these guys, as with any good metal outfit, defies being thrown into a genre, though I've heard the term "power thrash" thrown around a bit in reference to Armor Column. Screw that, this is just heavy metal which will rip off your head without mercy and piss down your throat!

Maximum Collateral Damage continues where their 2009 EP "Armor Up Your Ass" leaves off; four tracks which appear on that album also appear here: "Dictator's Whore", "Armor Column", "Where There's A War, There's A Way" and "We Breath Extinction". But, let me emphasize this, the newer tracks really do take the band to new heights!

"Warmonger", opens up with a sample of ol' Sly Stallone as Rambo..." You know what you are... what you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing." and BLAMO! Thrash Guitars, kit being pounded like the German 6th Army during the final days of the Battle of Stalingrad, and the high pitched notes which reminds you of the days when metal singers really belted out the songs.

Though the album makes heavy use of intro samples, they do it right; for example, "With Blood and Vengeance" is introduced to the listener with Harry Dean Stanton's character Tom Eckert in that 80's cold war paranoia propaganda cult classic "Red Dawn" screaming: "Avenge Me! Avenge Me!" right before another down pouring of molten metal burns through your just fits perfectly.

I especially enjoy how this album doesn't grow stale; there is no repetitiveness to it, it shreds from beginning to end and changes things up each time with epic choruses, a mind-blowing lead here and there, sick bridges (check out "We Breath Extinction") and fresh rhythms...that's the way a metal album damned well should be!

I don't give two hoots what your thing is, what genre you're dedicated to, even if you lean towards the blacker side you're gonna dig the growls on the title track "Maximum Collateral Damage"; as I said at the very beginning, this is a fuckin' heavy metal album which can be called Thrash, Power or even at times Melodic and it's the proverbial shit! If you're a headbanger then you're gonna dig this!

ARMOR COLUMN "With Blood And Vengeance" by Noah Carpenter


Armor Column - We Breath Extinction by Powerglove3


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