Full Scale Revolution
Full Scale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Puzzles USER (17 Reviews)
March 31st, 2010 | 35 replies | 6,463 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Their name says it all.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Full Scale Revolution have to be the most underappreciated Australian bands I've come across in quite a while. Fronted by charismatic lead man Ezekiel Ox, their heavy, energy infused sound, catchy riffs and no-holds barred vocals warrant a much, much greater level of attention.

For anyone familiar with Metal and Hard Rock bands such as System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine and the Deftones, as well as Australian bands The Butterfly Effect, Mammal and Karnivool, Full Scale Revolution are a must-hear. Their debut album, actually recorded with a slightly different lineup, features some of the most surprisingly consistent songwriting in recent view, as well as a brutal, crunching sound that is somewhat of a rarity in recent years. Indeed, Full Scale know exactly what they want, and are not distracted by filler-esque ballads and ineffective use of the loud-quiet dynamic that plagues so many bands of today. They don't conform to a certain song formula, and this is what makes them so essential and promising.

The song placement throughout this album is impeccable, and the flow is completely uninterrupted. Album opener "Empty Texas" is a perfect fit for the role, with its wah-laden, heavily riffing intro and shuddering verse. Frontman Ezekiel Ox shows his individuality here more than ever, going from a solidly yelled verse to a soaring chorus without hesitation. Full Scale continues its winning streak with absolute jems such as "Feel It", "The Heimlich Maneuver" and album centerpiece, "Party Political". Ox raps and screams with unforgiving force on "Feel It", while then-guitarist Jimmy Tee lays down more rhythmically brutal riffs over Robkaay's bellowing bass guitar and Crutey's rapid-fire drumming. "Party Political" is an almost instant classic, with its unforgettable bass-drums introduction, before Ox comes in, hooks galore, with a voice more gravelly than Cobain at his finest. There is not one less-than-shuddering moment in this song, and here the inventiveness of the band shines through more than ever.

"Rapture" follows, perhaps the only less-than-electric moment in this thoroughly electrifying album, but any taste of mediocrity left in one's mouth will be instantly washed away by the slowly accelerating sledgehammer that is "The Heimlich Maneuver". What begins with a subtle guitar line progresses with rattling aggression and politically-fueled anger, this riff-laden song will long remain on your "most-played" playlist, much to the jealousy of your previously favourite band. Furthermore, the album continues in a more-than-solid fashion through "Manifesto", another personal favourite, and the somewhat System of a Down-inspired "Here Comes the Weekend". The insane undertones of this paint a picture of what it would sound like if you took a mental patient from the Asylum and gave him a guitar, while he urges you to "kill your boss and take all his money". After the above-average "Download the Destruction", the album concludes itself with "Five-Six", in as great a fashion as it begun. Among the best of the album, "Five-Six" couldn't have finished it better. The song perfects every other element that the band has presented to the listener throughout the course of its previous 11 tracks, and finishes with unrivalled fury and force. After listening to the album start to finish several times, this reviewer struggles to find yet a single moment of disappointment, a single chink in their sound or truly "filler" song. And whilst it may be said that Full Scale Revolution lack a certain sonic range, the strength and energy of their sound is enough to forgive this small issue.

One may consider themselves rather fortunate to have found a band of this calibre, one that we may well be lucky to have known in five years time. Full Scale Revolution reek of a band with years of songwriting and musical unity under their belt. With unique, crunching and brutal centrepieces such as Empty Texas and Party Political, production that shines throughout and some of the most surprisingly consistent songwriting in recent view, "Full Scale" is a must-hear for all metal and hard rock fans.



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Puzzles
March 31st 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not bad for a first review, huh?

It'd be great if I could get some comments. Also, check the band out at:
http://www.myspace.com/fullscale/albums/full-scale-9510980
http://www.myspace.com/fullscalerev

Waior
March 31st 2010



11420 Comments


Not bad for a first review at all; could work on humility a bit though.

I like riffs.

Puzzles
March 31st 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On another note, I hope this will give FSR a bit of a popularity boost.

Jim
March 31st 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ALTHOUGH DESEXED

I CAN FUCK YOU WITH A STRAP-ON

Vooligan
March 31st 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'M GUNNA GET THAT FILTHY GROOVE ON!

Fucking love Sixteen Today. I challenge anyone to sing like Zeke does in that song, its insane. Probably my favourite Zeke-related song.

Nice review too man, probs could have mentioned the break up then reformation with the new name and all that jazz. But otherwise was pretty decent for a firsty. The new line up kicks arse live also.

Should also be mentioned that this album was only ever released in the US. Australia only got the Black/White Arrows EPs. Also, everyone should check out Symptoms of Chaos from when they were called Full Scale Deflection, it's literally chaos.


greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't find this one anywhere.

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

Jim
March 31st 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

itunes is basically it

Vooligan
March 31st 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's a blog somewhere that has it, along with the eps and symptoms of chaos.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. I've finally got it.

Jim
March 31st 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

billy, you don't know where this blog is of which you speak, do you?

Vooligan
April 1st 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ill last.fm you the link.

Jim
April 1st 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

legend

Jim
April 1st 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

crankin' this shit now

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2010



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as Mammal's The Majority, but still it's a kick-ass album.

Puzzles
April 2nd 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2010



7160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. Fixed. It was late.

Jim
April 2nd 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

moments of brilliance, but a very samey album.

it will be good to see what they can produce with a fresh mindset and more songwriting experience.

Vooligan
April 8th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What Jim said, although i like it a lil more cos im a fanboy.

Jim
April 8th 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

as previously quoted The Heimlich Manoeuvre has such a good outro

knocks my socks off

Vooligan
April 8th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I turn Sixteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen Todaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay



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