New Dead Radio - _Avalon Bridge Will Burn_
(Mediaskare Entertainment, 2005)
by: Aaron McKay (7 out of 10)
Facing off in support of grainy, disjointed schizo-charged, punk-fused metalcore, New Dead Radio flies the banner high in this campaign. After forming three years ago, there is a noticeable maturity to this five-piece outfit. Where that becomes clear on _Avalon Bridge Will Burn_ is an inspired usage of rapid-fire musical blitzkriegs and sludge-y interludes, together with laryngitis inflicted vocals off-set occasionally with spoken word passages. Look no further for evidence of this than "...From a Leaning Tower".

New Dead Radio's path toward self-actualization was in no way hampered by the efforts of recording duties at the hands of Logan Mader (Vio-Lence) and production compliments of Chuck Johnson (Sepultura, Slipknot). While NDR is as far from ordinary as they come, even a begrudging nod can be paid to the most run-of-the-mill band that surrounds themselves with this kind of behind-the-scene professionals.

A dimension to New Dead Radio that needs to be touched upon is their edgier incorporation of feedback. Sparingly used, this element develops an atmosphere on _Avalon Bridge Will Burn_ to further push their lack of standard cohesiveness that sets these guys apart.

While the scotched earth vocals test your resolve to endure all sixty-three minutes of _Avalon Bridge Will Burn_, the band's bizarre ability to bring it all together is something to behold. Much different recorded on disc, a solid bet would be in a live concert setting; NDR will invoke an annihilation principle of such magnitude no will be left standing.


(article published 20/8/2005)

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