Austrian Death Machine
Total Brutal


3.0
good

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
December 4th, 2008 | 155 replies | 12,909 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So this is an entire album of Tim Lambesis basically cracking Governator one-liners? Oh wait, what was that? The music is actually not too shabby either? Yes please!

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

GET TO DA CHOPPA!!!

Born out of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis' seemingly unhealthy obsession with a certain former Mr. Universe, Austrian Death Machine is a metal homage to all things Ahnold, and I really mean all things Ahnold. While the album, as well as the band itself, appears to be nothing more than one giant gimmick at first, second, and fifty third glance, underneath the ridiculous cover art, the obscene amount of one-liners from the Governator's movies, the overly ridiculous song titles, and so on so forth, the musical aspects are surprisingly solid, and all of the odd ball humor and heaps of movie references somehow make the album a lot more enjoyable than it would seem to be on paper.

The music presented by Mr. Lambesis is really nothing more than cliched riff oriented thrash metal; consisting of riff upon riff upon riff, solos in every single song, the predictable sections of "huge" sustained chords underneath slow palm muted leads, the oh so familiar build ups and shouts of "YEAH," "COME ON," and, of course, "OH!" to signify the onslaught of a breakdown...just good, old fashioned, in your face, thrash metal. What is really impressive is the simple fact that everything you hear coming out of the speakers (with the exception of the "Ahhhnold" impressions which are provided by fellow metaller Chad Ackerman of Destroy The Runner), was done by Tim himself. Every riff, solo, drumbeat, scream, shout, and roar, is performed almost exclusively by the AILD frontman, and to be perfectly honest, it's not half bad. The soloing is surprisingly competent, the riffing, albeit obligatory thrash riffing, is fast, heavy, and fairly technical (just the way it should be), the bass is, for the most part, nowhere to be found (but it's thrash metal so it's arguably just the way it should be), and the vocals are just what you would expect if you're familiar with Tim's work with As I Lay Dying. Heck, even the Schwarzenegger impressions are pretty decent. Of course, with an album like this, longevity is an issue worth mentioning. Will I be listening to this next week? Probably so. Will I be listening to this after a few months? Maybe, maybe not. After a few weeks of personal enjoyment, the album will obviously wear pretty thin, and outside of popping it in your car stereo every once in a while so you and your buddies can mindlessly shout glorious one liners such as COME WITH ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, WHO IS YOUR DADDY AND WHAT DOES HE DO, and of course, GET TO DA CHOPPA, the album will probably be forgotten fairly quickly.

In short, the album lacks variety and substance, and is terribly cliched and predictable. However, for some unexplainable reason, as horribly cliche and ridiculous at is, it just works. There is something to be said for predictability and familiarity in cases such as this. Groundbreaking and experimental musical endeavors are obviously an integral part of musical progression, and without them music itself would just become stagnant and boring, but every now and then, most people just need to thrash around and act like complete idiots. Let me put it this way...Growing up in the southern part of the United States, fried chicken, cornbread, and mashed potatoes were a big part of my childhood, and even though I've grown up, matured, traveled to a few different countries, and greatly enjoyed food from many other places and cultures, it's still nice to indulge in something familiar every now and again.

Recommended Tracks:
-Honestly, pick the ones with your favorite movie references and you're good to go.
-The little skits are pretty funny too.
-Heck just listen to the whole thing if you can.



Recent reviews by this author
BATS The Sleep of ReasonCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Sohns Ripe/RotBaroness Yellow and Green
Red Fang Murder the MountainsGood Night & Good Morning Good Night & Good Morning
user ratings (258)
Chart.
3.3
great
other reviews of this album
Pedro B. (4)
"Parody-metal" never sounded so good....

related reviews

Double Brutal

Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was in the mood to be a little ridiculous, and dangit if this album isn't just that...

withintention
December 4th 2008



297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bout damned time this was reviewed. good job!
remember, get to tha CHOPPA!!!!!!!!

Bleak123
December 4th 2008



1902 Comments


i don't think i could stand listening to this but good review

Papasfritas42
December 4th 2008



29 Comments


the arnold impression is done by someone else. Not Tim, but one of his friends or some shit...

the vocalist from Destroy the Runner is the voice of the governator apparently, Chad AckermanThis Message Edited On 12.04.08

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yay, it got reviewed. Nice one.
This is good to throw on if you want some entertainment. Music is pretty decent too, if a little generic.

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the arnold impression is done by someone else. Not Tim, but one of his friends or some ****...

Everywhere I've seen it mentioned it says Tim did it and that nobody else was involved

charlesfishowitz
December 4th 2008



1794 Comments


not *too* shabby

Papasfritas42
December 4th 2008



29 Comments


does anyone have the actual physical cd? lets go hardy boys on this, and solve it

bastard
December 4th 2008



3435 Comments


i've wanted to review this for so long, but was either busy with other stuff or just lazy.

nice job.

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh I thought it was somebody else but it's always mentioned as Lambesis' solo project and I have never found any mention of anybody doing the Arnold voice but if you can find it that would be appreciated...

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Current line-up:
Tim Lambesis - All Instruments and Vocals (As I Lay Dying (US), Society's Finest, Point of Recognition)

Guest Musician:
Chad Ackerman - Arnold Schwarzenegger Impressions/Additional Vocals (Destroy the Runner)

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If that is from Wiki I am skeptical haha...

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nope. It was from a cd/dvd online store. And I remember him saying it in an interview in metal hammer.This Message Edited On 12.04.08

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah ok

fixedThis Message Edited On 12.04.08

Mendigo
December 4th 2008



2299 Comments


big lol at the band name, I should get this just because of it.

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet. I'm just making sure on some other sites. So if I'm wrong I'll let you know.

Video for Get To The Choppa is pretty cool.

Wizard
December 4th 2008



18789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

a metal homage to all things Ahnold,


*Arnold

In short, the album lacks variety and substance, and is terribly cliched and predictable.


There's the review for this album.

Good review. One of the dumbest releases of the year/ century.



Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I found it on their website as well...

Yeah the video reminds me of a Tool video a bit due to the stop motion stuff

Oh and wiz, the Ahnold thing is intentional hahaThis Message Edited On 12.04.08

Wizard
December 4th 2008



18789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ahhhhhhh I get it now hahahaha. GHOD WHON!

marksellsuswallets
December 4th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Geddit...it's like how he talks and stuff...hehe



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy