Austrian Death Machine - _Double Brutal_
(Metal Blade Records, 2009)
by: Jackie Smit (6.5 out of 10)
How long can one artist revisit the same gag before it all starts to waft of a similarly unfunny stench to the one cascading off the many needless "American Pie" sequels? According to As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis, quite a while. While some felt that his Austrian Death Machine project outwore its welcome midway through last year's _Total Brutal_, its sequel offers no less than twelve tracks worth of Schwarzenegger-baiting modern thrash, along with a shit-ton of cover tunes drawing inspiration from the usual list of suspects -- Metallica, Megadeth et al.

Like Lambesis' stunted sense of humour, _Double Brutal_ hasn't moved on in the musical department either (though it remains a curiously better proposition than the drivel he dreams up in his day job), and the production remains slicker than a handful of brylcreem. And yet, it actually hits the mark more often than it does not. Maybe it's my shared interest in Arnold's cinematic exploits that makes a song like "It's Simple, If It Jiggles It's Fat" so thoroughly entertaining, but I defy anyone not to laugh as we're ordered to pump our muscles by Josh Robert Thompson's very convincing Schwarzenegger. Of course, no amount of quick wit can compensate for such dire bullshit as "Cookie Monster", but then _Double Brutal_ was never intended to be a flawless classic. As it stands, it's still more convincing than a heck of a lot of what passes for "serious" music these days.


(article published 24/12/2009)

10/5/2008 J Smit 7.5 Austrian Death Machine - Total Brutal
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