Dillinger Escape Plan, Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, Corrupt Moral Altar
August 27, 2021
John has a day job.
John plays shimmering and beautiful guitar.
John plays for Easy-Listening vocalists.
John dreams of making metal.
John gets some friends to help.
John records an album of high-concept brutal Technical Metal.
Be more John.
The” John” in question is John Bailey, and he really does earn his living playing on stage with Aled Jones and/or Russell Watson (enough to make anyone turn to brutal Metal). Enlisting Chris Reese of Corrupt Moral Altar for vocal duties, they form the two-man core of Utopia. When you’ve bought and listened through the album you can look through the liner notes to see who else gets in on the act (I’m too lazy to do it for you) and some of them are doing what they already do, some of them are flexing some Extreme Metal muscles for the first time. And what a riot of off-kilter and disarming Brutal Extreme/Technical Metal they make! It’s like The Cardiacs drafted in the members of Oceansize to make Metal and changed what drugs they were used to taking half way through the recording sessions.
How do you summarise a review of something 99% of the population will “WTF” at, but will be potentially life-changing for those amongst us who get it? Fuck knows. It’s brilliant but odd, the lyrical concept is completely lost because it’s all screamed and I haven’t the slightest idea what the words are. It makes my head hurt because it so “all over the place”. It’s going to be in my top five albums of the year.
Trying to be obscure and clever; and succeeding.
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