MetaL BrotherS
Thunders - Demo


1.0
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Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
October 9th, 2010 | 34 replies | 2,989 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Age excuses some things, but not everything.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Some albums seem to have an unfair advantage. For as bad as they are - and they inevitably are - they always at least have one endearing quality that keeps reviewers and more jaded music lovers from tearing them a well-deserved new one. Whether it is the illusion of the musicians, their earnest acceptance of their shortcomings or the appearance of the occasional good song, these albums usually escape the appraising battle far less scathed than they should, however undeservedly.

Such an album is the Metal Brothers' demo, Thunders, a record which defeats us with a mere sight of its cover. Look at that cover. Just look at it. None of the kids pictured on it looks a day over 12 - definitely children of the millenium - and from the Metallica shirts and devil horns to the Axl Rose posturing of the supposed "singer", they seem to be living a dream which was dead long before they were even a project in their mother's heads. One inevitably gets ready for a youthful, immature, yet endearing cavalcade of thrash or classic heavy metal.

However, the very first run-through of the album shatters any and all illusions anyone could have about the Metal Brothers (sorry: MetaL BrotherS), and reiterates one fact: just because they're kids, it does not mean they are beyond criticism. Much to the contrary, as this record proves to be none of what anyone could have expected, as well as one of the most unlistenable experiences known to rock'n'roll. It can scarcely even be called an "album" or a "demo"; that is, unless you consider nine minutes of badly played guitar to be publishable material. Indeed, all Thunders, Rock It Hard and Electric Chair amount to is stuff that might have been cute in the sixth-grade talent show, but will definitely not fly in an actual music scene, even if the download is one hundred percent free and legal.

First of all, if you thought the presence of four kids meant a full band, think again. All you get here is one - sometimes two - electrified guitars, and some minimal vocals on one track. The whole thing sounds like a single kid - presumably the one with the gigantic retro guitar - recording himself in his bedroom during guitar lessons. Which is all fine and dandy - as long as you don't publish it online. Similarly, you may like Metallica all you want, but you should not attempt Kirk Hammett-style cut-and-pasting unless you know what you are doing, lest the results be as obvious as they are on the final section of Electric Chair. And let's not even get started on the vocalized song: nearly three minutes of the same four lines repeated over and over over woefully-strummed guitar can only be made worse if those four lines are "thundars, in my hair/there are thunders everywhere/thunders, down the streets/thunders, thunders". Gene Simmons would be proud.

In conclusion, then, this review may sound too harsh (after all, they are only 13), but a single listen to this pathetic excuse for a release will show that it's entirely deserved. Most people will certainly own up to being just as poor musically and just as illusionated as these kids when they themselves were 13; the difference was, they didn't publish it on the Internet, even for free, and call it an album. Half a point given for the low age average and a semi-decent blues riff; but these kids can still consider themselves lucky this site does not feature a rating of zero.

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NotMrBlonde
October 9th 2010



395 Comments


JUST WANNA PLAY VIDEYA GAYYYMES

Photon
October 9th 2010



1292 Comments


i have found some cool music on jamendo before

ReturnToRock
October 9th 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

me too. but not these kids, sadly. I really wanted them to be cool

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2010



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Fantastic review. Learned lots from it. (And WHOA, you're on a full 261 reviews?!!!!)

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VicariousIntent
October 9th 2010



1593 Comments


This is hilarious. That album cover is almost too good to be true. I have to listen to this.

BeardedIdiot
October 9th 2010



643 Comments


This can't be real

VicariousIntent
October 9th 2010



1593 Comments


I just listened to Thunders. There is no way this could even be by 13 year olds. You have to be trying to reach that level of absurdity.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2010



16310 Comments


"the right-side-up crosses on the cover aren't metal at all" i thought first

"these guys are only like 11" i thought second

"that guitar is larger than that kid's torso" i thought last

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Heysatan
October 9th 2010



276 Comments


lol!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2010



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

HAHAHAHAH @ Crysis! LOL!

ReturnToRock
October 9th 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I had to resist SO hard not to make a prog-metal joke in this review...

vanderb0b
October 9th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Being 13 years old doesn't really excuse the fact that this is pretty terrible. Rock It Hard has a pretty half-decent riff in it, though. Good review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2010



8327 Comments


You are officially the biggest masochist on this site. Do you really hate yourself so much that you feel compelled to listen to these records that, even before listening, you know are going to be nothing more than awful?

Regardless, good review.

ReturnToRock
October 9th 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well I kinda expected this to be good, actually. Kids-in-a-garage-rockin' good. Sadly, it's not.

And agreed about Rock It Hard, that riff is half of why this even gets a 0.5 at all.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2010



15730 Comments


wait are these the video games kids?

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Kronzo
October 9th 2010



991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

^ no

botb
October 9th 2010



9648 Comments


this went from funny to grating very quickly.

ThePalestMexican
October 9th 2010



2816 Comments


I remember when I was 13
I stuck to what I was good at (i.e: masturbation)

LepreCon
October 9th 2010



3884 Comments


^ lol Palest

I was in my first metal band when I was 13 and we didn't suck as bad as these kids did at all. Sure we never cut a demo or anything but we were better than this shit, srsly

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Lakes.
October 10th 2010



26744 Comments


this must be worse than my music

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