Damned Things Ironiclast Product Type Compact Disc Rock Pop Domestic

Country: USA. Label: Umgd/Mercury ( POL ). Product Type: Compact Disc. On paper, the Damned Things seem like an odd supergroup. Featuring Anthrax guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, Fall Out Boy s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, and Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley, it s hard to imagine what a band whose membership s music encompasses thrash, metalcore, and pop-punk might sound like. Surprisingly, the reality of the Damned Things is a lot less of a chin scratcher than you d think. On Ironiclast, the band takes the best bits from each of their bands to create an interesting hybrid. Combining Ian and Caggiano’s seasoned riff mastery with Trohman and Hurley s driving pop sensibilities, the album tempers the raw power of hard rock and thrash with infectious hooks, which are anchored by Buckley s vocals, who has abandoned his usual style for a cleaner, more soaring vocal attack. The final product is a sound that is able to be uncomplicated without being dumb, and fun without feeling ironic. The record genuinely sounds like a bunch of friends just getting together to have a good time and make some music without worrying about what people might think about it, which is pretty much the point of rock music. It s this quality that makes the Damned Things an endearing band. This music isn t worried about current market trends or how high up the charts it can climb; Ironiclast is just the sound of a bunch of dudes making rock for rock s sake. While this might not necessarily appeal to fans of these guys’ day jobs, it definitely makes it a good album for those who prefer their music to be light on self-consciousness and heavy on good times. Gregory Heaney, Rovi.

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