Thought Industry - _Outer Space Is Just A Martini Away_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
To describe the complexity and diversity that encompasses the band's third and latest offering would be a complete waste of time. To make things quick, and for you all to figure out for yourselves, the band has toured and played with: Slayer, Testament, Skinny Puppy, Monster Voodoo Machine, Skrew and Sepultura. Impressive, eh? But they have also played with such diverse acts as Hole, Biohazard, Helmet, Cop Shoot Cop, Type O Negative and Dream Theater as well. Scratching your head? Wait until you hear this record! With song titles almost as long as book titles, i.e. 'Love Is America Spelled Backwards' or 'Atomic Stroller Helps None,' you'd have to assume that from listening to this album, it would have to be all over the place; exactly! Hardcore, metallic, alternative fused riffs, samplings, heavy guitars and acoustic elements are all an integrated part of _OSiJaMA_. Still scratching your heads? Through all the confusion and sound styles numbers, like 'Pinto Award In Literature,' 'Fairy,' and 'Watercolour Grey' are memorable numbers that reek of absurdity and creativity all in the same stench. Avoid at all costs or embrace it with open arms - you be the judge here. Thought Industry have released an album that makes you put some "thought" into it while giving it a listen. How bad can it be when outer space has never seemed so promising before? Think about it metalheads and have a martini.

(article published 1/17/1996)


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