Label : Battered Vinyl Records

Review by Tony Cannella

According to Wikipedia, Mound Road Engine was a Chrysler Corporation Automobile engine factory in Detroit, Michigan. Now it can also refer to a positively lethal power thrash metal outfit from Detroit. The debut 4-song, self-titled EP from Mound Road Engine features about 15-minutes of powerhouse metal, filled with dense riffs and plenty of attitude. The energetic, fast paced opener “The Break Up” kicks things off in a big way. The vocals of Cole are simply huge and dripping with venom on every line that she sings. Kicking off with a drum intro by James, “Digga v2” is next and offers a little melody to the proceedings as the song gradually speeds up and turns into a straight-up thrash fest, helped out by some great Pantera-like guitar riffs. “Ode” is next and is an angry, riff-tastic metal song with a power groove vibe to it. The final song “Servitude” begins with a Black Sabbath style guitar riff. This is pretty interesting song; it still maintains the heaviness, but features a pretty out of the ordinary chorus. Whether you like this song or not you have to give the band credit for trying something a little bit different, but I really don’t think this holds up to the rest of the material contained within. Mound Road Engine’s debut EP is like a shot of adrenalin to the heart. It will be interesting to see what they can come up with on a full-length, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

 

Rating – 83/100

 

 

Tracklist

  1. Noordzee (As Autumn Falls)
  2. Freya
  3. Everfall (The Holy >Gardiner of Souls)
  4. Web Van Wording
  5. Het Heilige Woud
  6. New Dawn, New Day
  7. Remedy
  8. My Angel
  9. Walking over Waters of the Ocean
  10. In Despair pt.2
  11. Morgenland
  12. The Holy Bond
  13. Frøya’s Theme
  14. Unchained Someday
  15. For Love

Line Up

  • Luca Liotti – Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Programming, Samples
  • Alexander Krull – Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
  • Thorsten Bauer – Guitars
  • Mathias Röderer – Guitars
  • Tuomas Yli-Kovero – Keyboards
  • Alla Fedynitch – Bass 
  • Seven Antonopolous – Drums 

 

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