Iron Giant - _Creator of Scars_
(Diminished Fifth, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Iron Giant provides the perfect description of their music on the spine: "no class, heavy ass, white trash, rock-n-roll". The songs are straightforward, the riffs more infectious than the genetically modified offspring of Ebola and Marburg, and about as modern as an Atari. Occasionally, they signpost their influences a bit too strongly -- "Nothin' Means Nothin' to Lose" has the Iommi touch, and if I were more familiar with '70s hard rock I strongly suspect the inspiration of other guitarists would be detected. The vocals are clear, reminiscent of an Ozzy without the nasal whine, and despite their Canadian home, you'd swear this was being performed in a Deep Southern fugue. The songs are all shortish, the longest lasting just over a whopping four minutes; but it's clear that their simplistic tunes would take strain if they lasted much longer, and that the catchiness of their riffs would be diminished by repetition. Approach this without any preconceptions and you may be pleasantly surprised.


(article published 24/10/2008)

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