MyToyTrain - Yesterday Ended
In A Massacre
Thanks to the drummer, Russell, for the CD. The five tracks are;
- Pac-Man Never Got Caught For His Murders.
Prophetic words in the first sample, "I would like to
take you on a strange journey". Twisted opening riff
with vicious vocals. Goes off on several dozen tangents, none
of which are given a chance to develop. Baffling opener.
- Blackout In Hollywood. Great opening riff,
again love the vocals. Goes downhill rapidly in a maelstrom
of tempo changes. The riff that immediately follows the sample
is a belter.
- Slow Dance. Superb doom/sludge riff which
I like a lot. Short track, definitely the pick of the bunch
- Where The Ocean Meets The Sand. Bizarre
keyboard opening. First riff is a cracker, death metal riff
that follows is even better. Then the over-complicated tempo
changes kick in and the song ends disappointingly.
- Yesterday Ended In A Massacre. Lots of
very complex riffing, ultimately going nowhere.
Overall opinion? There are some genuinely
good riffs in here but the lack of structure and under-development
destroys their impact. Plays like a riff sampler CD. Instead of
progressing with riff/ idea one they steamroller in with three
or four others and the ensuing carnage is frustrating. Can't fault
the quality of the musicians, and the vocalist can scream with
the best, their abilities are wasted with this material. I like
complicated songs but there comes a point where being avant-garde
plummets into a discordant mess. Regrettably that line isn't crossed
but stamped on. Thankfully it's short, I was immensely relieved
when it finished.