Sucker Head
The Head Sucker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zedo Kei USER (51 Reviews)
April 4th, 2012 | 7 replies | 2,246 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


It's time to me for a nostalgia. Now, I'm looking backward to seventeen years ago, or exactly year 1995. Not many Indonesian Thrash band have produced solid Thrash stuff, however Sucker Head is one of few exceptions. Released four studio albums and one compilation entire career, Sucker Head has been becoming local Thrash hero among Indonesian metal fans. With classic problem like unhealthy line-up, at least Sucker Head has released two solid stuffs; The Head Sucker (1995) and Paranatural (1998). In this occasion, I try to review their debut The Head Sucker.

Sucker Head debut album line-up was; J. Sadrach on vocal and all at once as bass player, Nano and Untung on guitar, and Robin Hutagaol (R.I.P.) on drum. This formation, among fans is considered as the most solid line-up. However it didn't last for long time, Robin Hutagaol finally quitted the band after second album Manic Depressive (1996) officially released. Drummer Bakkar Bufthaim (ex-Rotor) was recruited to replace Robin's spot. As the result, third album Paranatural has become a such legacy among young Thrasher in Indo-scene.

Regarding The Head Sucker sound like, some rhythm guitar patterns are little bit reminiscent of Dave Mustaine style, song (Mario) Budak Industri is the finest example. This song is my favorite due to outstanding rhythm with many 'headbanging' groove part in typical. It's a mosh-pit fire starter, without a challenge, fans will sing along during the performance. It's so thrashy and all at once I consider it catchy! Anyhow, Kreator and Sepultura are still their main influences in the side of ferocity and aggressiveness of sound. Sucker Head duo guitarist, Nano and Untung, have led themselves in dual guitar harmonies. We can find killer rhythm play in song like Blinded by The Light and Butcher's Soul. For awesome shredding solos, Brutal Hope is perfect example. Sucker Head dual guitars play have significant
contribution in many vital aspect of the album as whole. However, an intense songwriting will mean nothing without their solid duo guitarist behind it. Furthermore, Robin Hutagaol solid and tight-drumming also completed the album to become an outstanding debut.

While his three band-mates did a great and solid job in the spot, J. Sadrach also tried exploring his bass playing style into the line of song. Fear Come Freedom Lost and Hati-hati! are real proof of examples. His band-mates, seemingly give him a space to show off the skill in middle of the songs. In vocals line, J. Sadrach has own signature. I'm sure he is not anyone liking. In range of Thrash genre, of course! He has middle heavy vocals, and sometimes somewhat growly. If I have to conclude, perhaps, Max Cavalera was his real prominent figure in building his own vocal characters. In this album, J. Sadrach handled all vocal line except song Catatan Terakhir. In this typical of tasty 80's hardrock song, he grabbed role as backing vocals (or exactly as backing growl). Nano (?) took leading as main vocalist. Catatan Terakhir might be inspired by slowly tasty Metallica's The Unforgiven. Personally, sometimes I hate and love this Catatan Terakhir song. To say honestly, I admit the song is actually good enough. It has memorable melodic riff. Well produced, and amazingly performed. However I feel little sprag, after their all harsh of Thrash, this song is somekind of spell that ask me to sleep tight. "Enough, Bro! We end! Now, in count of three, you have to sleep...". Then a half minute later; I'm in annoying Zzzzhhhh!! Hahaa, April joke, so don't take it seriously!

Lastly, with ten tracks and 42 minutes long, The Head Sucker offers more than a solid run from beginning to end. Superb old Thrash stuff. Concerning Indonesia context of mid-90s, this stuff must be classic. With lyrical themes concerned on social problems, this album deserves 'Anthem of Rebellion' predicate. The song such as Fear Come Freedom Lost and Don't Lock Me Up, could be kind of massive chant for student movement against dictatorship. I was in kindergarten when this album released in 1995, and still in kindergarten when student movement did May Revolution in 1998, but now, I can feel and imagine spirit of the album. What should we do if Dictator locked our freedom of expression up? When we feared, so we know we lost our freedom! Or, we just shut the eyes toward repressive act and injustice around us, but hey, when we open it again we are blinded by the light. Ooh, we're too despair and afraid to fight, so the butcher's soul will laugh us in the face. Let God fuck off and burn Dictator in hell, in the end we know we felt in a such brutal hope. For the answer, I think, we all already know what it is...

**
For old school Thrash fans, I recommend all track except Catatan Terakhir

***
Note
+ Hati-hati! = Beware!
+ (Mario) Budak Industri = (Mario) Industrial Slave
+ Catatan Terakhir = The Last Note



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11426 Comments


great band name, i sugest fixing some grammar errors, a spellchecker might come in handy

Digging: Integral - Sercosa

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28756 Comments


Cool I'll go ahead and check this out. POS.

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

ZedO
April 4th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shuyin@ okay, shuyin...

Captain@then, tell me what you think, bro!

CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



28756 Comments


will do and nice dig bro^glad you like that album :]

ZedO
April 4th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, sure! Ketzer isn't old school thrash, but it's quite okay. thrash+black, whoa, it's new taste...

Shuyin
April 4th 2012



11426 Comments


BM blended with some thrash can be mindblowing when well done. thrash itself isnt really my thing tho, i only dig a couple of bands

ZedO
April 4th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, only if it's well done, I think it's all about how a band members could fit themselves...



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