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Review: Austrian Death Machine - Double Brutal
Austrian Death Machine
Double Brutal

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 52:41
Tracks: 24
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Double Brutal

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (18 Votes)

I skipped reviewing the first album because it was too metalcore-ish (though funny, if you like the style of humor), and I was going to skip this one as well until someone told me it was mainly Thrash with just a few metalcore-ish bits here and there this time around. That's pretty accurate, and even the metalcore stuff is not too annoying. Double Brutal is predominantly Thrash/Crossover Thrash (depends on the song, really.) The album contains original songs as well as a good number of covers of known/more-or-less-known songs, plus a good number of humoristic interludes (which explains the relatively short length for 24 tracks), all involving a pretty good and funny imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is in fact the main appeal of Austrian Death Machine, paired with their original compositions which also are very tongue-in-cheek and definitely should not be taken seriously.

Musically this is quite decent, but not remarkable. Most of the songs are pretty fast-paced and in terms of Thrash, you can certainly find better – some of the stuff sounds a little pedestrian, but there are some good moments scattered here and there. Save for the occasional metalcore moments, there's nothing horrible here. Lots of catchy stuff, in great part due to the humoristic nature of the lyrics (the music follows that in style – it does sound somewhat goofy, but in a good way.) Some good first-rate shredding and decent soloing do make their appearances as well. With that said, really the main attraction here is the humor, and whether you like or hate this will depend a lot on your own sense of humor – personally I often laughed out loud the first couple of times I heard this. Interesting, but definitely not mandatory.

Track Listing:
  1. Double Ahhnold
  2. I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Motorcycle (from Terminator 2)
  3. Let Off Some Steam Bennett (from Commando)
  4. Who Writes the Songs (The Real Bomb Track)
  5. It's Simple, If it Jiggles it's Fat (from Pumping Iron)
  6. See You at the Party Richter (from Total Recall)
  7. Hey Cookie Monster, Nothing is as Brutal as Neaahhh
  8. Who Told You You Could Eat My Cookies (from Jingle All the Way)
  9. Come on Cohaagen, Give Deez People Ehyar (from Total Recall)
  10. Who is Your Daddy, and What Does He 2
  11. Come on, Do it, Do it, Come on, Come on, Kill me, Do it Now (from Predator)
  12. Allow Me To Break The Ice (from Batman & Robin)
  13. Conan, What is Best in Life (from Conan the Barbarian)
  14. Intro to the Intro
  15. T2 Theme
  16. Hell Bent for Leather (from Terminator 2 Judas Priest cover)
  17. Time Travel The Metallica Conspiracy
  18. Trapped Under Ice (from Batman & Robin Metallica cover)
  19. Iron Fist (from Terminator Motörhead cover)
  20. Recalling Mars
  21. I Turned into a Martian (from Total Recall Misfits cover)
  22. Killing is My Businessàand Business is Good (from everything Megadeth cover)
  23. Tactically Dangerous - Cannibal Commando (from Commando Goretorture cover)
  24. Gotta Go (from Terminator Agnostic Front cover)
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