SHOCKPROOF – MORE BROKEN CHAINS – TIME TO KILL
The band and label report that friends who count Motorhead and Anthrax as influences formed Shockproof. The band’s sound is not a direct clone of these bands, but vouches for that statement. The band’s brand of metal is fine stylistically, but the riffs and vocals are hardly the most exciting.
Songs like Human Breed, Roaring and Will To Ruin are either weak or suffer from elementary music that hardly goes anywhere. More Reactions is more interesting, while album opener Best Ambitions is powerful in the way an Anthrax song would be. Darkest Feeling Today is a better song, which has a fine solo, a good tempo change and drum sound. The band’s drum sound is in fact quite heavy everywhere as is the band’s overall clear sound. Ball And Chains and its matching refrain mid-album is an amusing title. The band and its singer are generally angry and have a lot to complain about. Looking at this world and its state they are completely correct of course. The band’s home country of Italy itself is overrun by racist fascist livestock, a clown, a ninety-year-old impotent imbecile who takes the population as fools and the old guard mainstream political parties that were so wimpy that the country has defected to racist fascist livestock, a clown and a ninety-year-old impotent imbecile. The album ends with an outro of sorts presented as a distinct track, which is mostly a bass-oriented spoken word outing.
Shockproof needs to maintain its level of anger, sense of mission and work in more range in its vocals, more frills to its songs and stay away from any hint of a Metallica influence, but in the meanwhile as pedestrian as the whole thing is remains parsecs ahead of wussy crap like goth ‘metal’ or ‘opera’ metal, et cetra. – Ali “The Metallian”