Temple of Brutality

Lethal Agenda

by Adrien Begrand

29 April 2007

 

The collective members of Temple of Brutality give the band a very impressive pedigree, as it features former members of Megadeth, W.A.S.P., and Belladonna, but experience don’t mean a lick if the songs don’t deliver, and Lethal Agenda falls flat, sounding as forgettable as the band’s name. The album is furious and energetic enough; every song was recorded live in one take, and it is refreshing to hear something that hasn’t been processed through Pro Tools. However, the actual music lazily follows the lead of Pantera and Black Label Society, dominated by the bland riffs of guitarist Peter Scheithauer, which struggle to remain audible in the mix thanks to the overbearing drumming of Stet Howland. Vocalist Todd Barnes doggedly tries to leave an impression with his burly growl, which resembles a cross between Phil Anselmo and Udo Dirkschneider, on songs like the title track and “Doesn’t Matter”, but the muddy production and the complete lack of dynamic songwriting makes it all an exercise in futility. Why former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson would lend his name to such a mediocre product is beyond comprehension.

Lethal Agenda

Rating:

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Kasey Chambers

// Sound Affects

"Australia's country great Kasey Chambers embraced her ambition on a new double-album, but still wants to be remembered as "being real in a very fake world."

READ the article