Disarray: In the Face of the Enemy
Mike Hess
7/15/2002 10:55:17 AM

"Ebola may be less contagious than the opening riffs"

Grab a fifth of Jack Daniels, throw on a stained tank-top and take extra-good care of your mullet, cause Tennessee-natives Disarray have reignited the flame under the ass of southern metal with their new release In The Face of the Enemy. Think early-Metallica smothered in grits and redneck rage.

Ebola may be less contagious than the opening riffs of “To This Day”. Vocalist/guitarist Chuck Bonnett scrapes up a few chords that any guitar amateur can play, but his scrambly lyrics mixed over the series of power chords adds an intangible that Disarry cranks out through the entire album. It’s not super-technical King Crimson type stuff, but it’s exactly what it says it is: gritty slop-metal.

This trio has been at it for nearly a decade, and their chemistry over time has only strengthened their brute force. Quirky timing in the fist-swinging “Voice of Reason” paves the way for a serious finale of drum fills and blast beats by drummer Dave Peridor. All the while, the chug-a-lug bass of Vance Wright never veers of the path of metal mayhem.

The production on the album may be the only downside, as the fuzzy quality puts a bit of a ball-and-chain on the ankle of a band that’s looking to sprint out of the gate. But all in all, Chuck Bonnett’s massive riffs and Hetfield-esque grumblings are enough to keep the metal machine alive.


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