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A Lethal Dose of American Hatred

Review by Josh Turner

A Lethal Dose of American Hatred is Loud AND FAST. If you are into that sort of music, you will really like this album. It does not lack energy in any sense of the word. The music is angry, mindless, and borders on demonic. The riffs and rhythms are stimulating, keeping you completely awake with eyelids open wide. The album has double the caffeine and twice the sugar. If you are counting carbohydrates, this is not your kind of snack. The music is skinny to the bone. Something tells me, these musicians have no problem staying fit with the amount of adrenaline and calories burned during a performance such as this one. They may need to seek anger management as they seem to be in an ongoing temper tantrum throughout the entire album. When they finally seem to burn out in brief lush segues, it takes little time before they are back to the smashing and bashing of their instruments. The vocalist screams, howls, and growls out his lyrics. This music is angry and mean as hell.

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Track by Track Review
Sickness
The song sounds a little bit like the Collective Soul song "Gel" (the one featured in the Jerky Boys movie) until it breaks into utter chaos in a sweltering mosh pit of delusional hoodlums.
Waiting for the Turning Point
This is like a demolition derby. The drum rattles. The brakes squeal. The guitars churn. You are literally hit from all sides and battered to a pulp.
Dress Like a Target
I'm not sure exactly how this differs from the previous songs. Instrumentally it is almost the same with the exception of a grinding riff and rap-like vocals.
The Destruction of a Person
Stay clear of the cult running down the street. They have bad intentions and they fight dirty. Not to mention, they may be influenced by something chemical. This feels like a gang walking in your direction. The pace is slow. Nonetheless, you are most certainly trapped as they cut off your escape route. Maybe you can negotiate, knock down a door, or climb a wall. With pipes and chains in hand, you better think quickly. Time is running dangerously short. Basically, this song makes everything seem hopeless.
Never to Sit or Stand Again
This is the ride at the amusement park that spins you round and round until you hurl. Slowing down is typically the most horrendous part. When it gets to this point in the song all sense of balance is lost. Everything continues to spin long after you have stopped. The irony is that you'll want back on. It is fun, but not intelligent entertainment by any sense.
Death Threat
This is extremely aggressive. It gets outrageous at times with little pause. Imagine hurling every dish across the kitchen floor and knocking down all the cabinets.
Permanently
With a slow start, this quickly turns into the previous songs' juvenile outburst. Obviously, their destructive tendencies remain unfulfilled. A sledge hammer is pulled out of the tool shed and slammed repeatedly into the wall. The house is a mess.
Stealing a Page or Two from Armed & Dangerous Pagans
The song is slightly different from the others. It alternates between the mindless bantering of the other songs, but has a slower riff in the middle that feels much like the pounding of a migraine headache.
Symbol of Nevermore
The bassist plays the infamous theme one finds playing in the background of a Spyhunter game. The guitarist plucks out notes. The drummer taps the snare to the beat of a marching tune. The tempo changes several times. The singer comes onto the scene late. He sounds groggy. The noise from the instrumentalists woke him up from his slumber. Once he is fully awakened, he expresses tremendous anger for having his rest disturbed.

The Knife Rises
This is murderous and psychotic. It is like a madman expressing his paranoia after committing a crime -shoot first and ask questions later.

The Horror
Simply put, this is a short piece. This is an unexpected raid on the sorority house. The antagonists are in and out before anyone knows what hit them.

Absorbed
The last song is the slowest of them all. It is the cool down. Whatever energy that is left is used up. They still manage to demonstrate rage in an out of control manner. A rapid pulse, bloodshot eyes, and dehydration sets in. They collapse at the end and crash into unconsciousness. The last moments are a silent montage panning the damaged house. They are NOT getting their security deposit back.

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