Almighty Punchdrunk Music For Them Asses
Published Jun 01, 2002As their band and album name suggest, these folks from Vancouver don't take themselves too seriously, which is welcome in the all-too-serious world of cookie monster death metal. The Almighty Punchdrunk's most notable feature is drum legend Gene Hoglan (Death, Dark Angel) behind the skins, and he puts in a truly raging performance on this disc. Sixteen songs are laid to waste here in a mere 30 minutes, most at a high speed, with the band thrashing and punking it out like there's no tomorrow. The almost industrial-sounding production and general chaos just bleeds of Strapping Young Lad (Hoglan was a member). A sort of annoying, friends-only humour permeates a number of the songs, becoming the band's biggest setback. However, it also makes one respect them that much more; one suspects they know full well they could be a huge band if they lost that in-joke feel, but they probably just don't care.