Ah, chickenlab. What failed genetic experiment could possibly
have produced these freaks? Well, it takes one to know one, and we know
something about rabid metal with the occasional Merle Haggard identity
crisis. And here we have chickenlab. We say, they rock!
You can find out more on their website, www.chickenlab.info
or you can order their CD at www.cdbaby.com.
|chickenlab: The Lone Star Scam|
If you're seeking a spark to warm your little hard-rocking hearts, be
careful: this one might burn your house down. It's original, humorous,
full of surprises, and simply rocks. If System of a Down convinced you
there was life beyond the same tired metal and grunge, let chickenlab
show you what a little genetic engineering can do.
While stretched around a solid, driving rock/metal framework, the music
knows no bounds. I almost want to call it Metal Opera, but that sounds
too sissy. It's full of great hard-rocking scream-alongs, giving way to
harmonious cooling-off periods, or meandering into a completely
different style. It's full of changes, and never overplays itself. The
musicianship is obvious.
The lyrics are generally just as original, creative, amusing, sometimes
even catchy. A dominant theme is political; fortunately, anyone smart
and informed enough to understand it will not be offended. If there is
a weak point to the CD, however, it is Track 6. It's just crude and
juvenile, and I usually skip it. But I guess it can't all be cutting
socially relevant and sarcastic commentary.
Overall the album is excellent, probably the best new music I've heard
this year. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a taste for
excellent musicianship and talent applied to the new breed of metal and
a biting tongue. You won't be disappointed.
- Fritz Capell, www.stoneruins.com