Arnocorps - _The Greatest Band of All Time_
(Anticulture Records, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
With much of the metal fraternity's constant preoccupation with the devil growing increasingly tiresome, it was only ever a matter of time before a backlash would see bands looking to other cultural icons for inspiration. With Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha most likely to prove less popular in a genre that, despite the proliferation of bands like Nightwish, still remains predominantly testosterone-fuelled, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems an almost logical candidate.

Thus enter Arnocorps -- a group of eccentric, possibly somewhat disturbed, individuals who have elected to produce a fifteen track ode to the current governor of California. With each song recanting the intricacies of a different title from the action star's notorious film catalogue, it's hard not to laugh out loud as vocalist Holzfeuer breathes musical life into such immortal lines as "Remember when I told you I'd kill you last? / I lied" and "There's something out there waiting for us / And it ain't no man".

Set to a surprisingly deft soundtrack of Turbonegro-esque gonzo rock, _The Greatest Band of All Time_ is perhaps not the most challenging release to pass my way in recent memory, but it's executed with a tongue so firmly planted in its cheek that one can't help but be thoroughly entertained. The only question is, with the entire back catalogue of Arnie films covered with this record, what will the Arnocorps hatch up as a sequel?


(article published 29/1/2006)

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