Welcome to Tickets There’s latest review series, Irish Noise! Here we’ll be taking a look at some of our favorite underground (or just above) Irish bands and reviewing their latest singles, albums and MySpace players. Unlike the MySpace Reviews series, we won’t be selecting bands we’ve never heard of or seen live and instead, we’ll use this series to keep you up to date about the bands we’ve found and liked while doing the MS Reviews, as well as other long standing favorites of ours.
Today’s choice, I’ll Eat Your Face are one of Cork’s finest instrumental heavy metal acts. We first discovered these guys about a year ago and honestly, we weren’t taken away. Although their playing was superb, Tickets There couldn’t understand why their songs were so short and because of this, we ended up giving a slightly negative review. After months of reading nothing but positive reviews and stories about the guys, we decided they deserved at least one more shot and thankfully, Tickets There finally gets it.
Opening song, I Have a Wolf on My Head is as intense as they come. The opening thirty seconds is filled with blisteringly heavy guitars that growl at your soul, face melting drums and more aggression than you’d find on Jerry Springer. Then, out of nowhere the song briefly slips into this tranquil world of slowed down drums with a repetitive, undistorted guitar riff before once again rising in the form of a doom metal Armageddon styled anthem. It’s kind of hard to believe they can accomplish all that in one minutes and twenty four seconds but they do.
Second track, Dr. Pancake manages takes things up a notch…make that a few notches. Describing this song minute by minute would be a fruitless exercise. Its three minutes of amazing guitar riffs, melodies and shreds from The Boy, all backed by Barrytrons furious thrash metal drum stylings. There’s little room to relax this time and by the time the song ends, your ears will ring and your neck will ache. The sher number of changes alone is enough to make your head spin. Leaving IHAWOMS aside, Dr. Pancake is more than enough proof that I’ll Eat Your Face can not only write a full length song when they want, but they can write one much better than 95% of the metal acts in the country. Probably the best metal song I’ve heard in the last two or three years.
Final song, Irritant is much rawer recording that the others. Fast, dirty metal guitars that rampage unmercilessly in circles around the belting snare and bass drums. Throw in a Jazz moment, some more doom metal and you’ve got the gist.
Hand on heart, Tickets There is sorry for ever doubting this bands ability to do anything. Judging by these three tracks alone, this is an album every single Irish metal fan needs to buy, listen to and love. Well, we’ll be buying one anyway.
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