Salvo - _The Cult Of Speed_
(Smart Fist Records, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
Shiver me timbers! Man is this cool. The guitar-driven, synth and samples induced work of New York trio Salvo really hits you with a punch that'll surely knock you off your feet. It's not that the music is heavy, I mean it's a fact that one-time / ex-Machine Head drummer Tony Costanza does play drums, but the sheer uncertainty of twisted rhythms and beats delivering crushing blows at numerous intervals really shakes up the listener. The music on _TCoS_ has some great guitar hooks and a definite proficient use of synths and other oddities used to spicen up and add more creativity to the Salvo vibe. With a lot of bands using samples and synths to help bring variety to their projects (all types of metal bands are doing so), it's only a matter of time that Salvo could be in our spotlight more often. But I'm not sure whether this band will break it big amongst the metal community (obviously they cater to such crowds of KMFDM, Clay People or Hanzel Und Gretyl) but this is an impressive attempt to do so. Good music with a lot of creativity backing it.

(article published 16/10/1997)


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