If anyone ever says metal has to be serious all the time or that metal is just a bunch of angry guys you should point them in Austrian Death Machine’s direction. Austrian Death Machine is the side project of Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), which combines two of Europe’s best exports: Metal and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Total Brutal, the band’s debut, was a great, fun album. Featuring skits of Arnold in all his metal awesomeness. It featured songs like Get to the Choppa, Come with Me If You Want to Live, Who Is Your Daddy, And What Does He Do, and of course It’s Not a Tumor. Great stuff for us fans of metal and the Governor of California.
Double Brutal is the new two disk album and some things are better left as are. Total Brutal was funny and a great idea. It covered Arnold’s greatest movie quotes. Double Brutal (which I’m sure Metal Blade pushed for) just doesn’t live up to it’s predecessor. The best quotes were already used and the joke is a little wearing. The skits are still funny and the songs are still well done but the album doesn’t hold like the first one does.
The second disc is an album of covers that relate to Arnold movies. And it’s good to hear Tim flex his chops at a couple of classic songs (Hell Bent for Leather, I Turned Into a Martian, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good ). Again good songs.
The album is a solid 3 out of 5 stars but it doesn’t have the same charm that Total Brutal had.
From Total Brutal