Review Summary: Yawn.
I don’t know what it is with heavy metal titans wanting to create tasteless humdrum after they’ve accomplished something worthwhile in the music industry. This laziness seems to be rampant; of course we've got the classic example of Hellyeah. Mike Portnoy was also quoted as saying he sought to create a straight-forward metal record of the same variety as Hellyeah, thus he eventually accepted an offer to drum for the current lackluster version of Avenged Sevenfold. And here in Dublin Death Patrol, we’ve got longtime Testament vocalist Chuck Billy and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Tenet, ex-Exodus) combining voices to lead an effort that is vanilla at best (i.e. bland).
Alongside the frontmen are Chuck Billy’s brother Andy Billy and Zetro Souza’s brother John Souza which leads me to believe this project was purely meant for fun and male-bonding time. That however does not excuse the fact that this eight piece
concoction was entirely unable to create a single relevant song worth listening to. Death Sentence
is a prime example in “more isn’t always more.”
The group identifies as thrash but they are more along the lines of hard rock with a sprinkling of thrash on top. The riffs follow basic metal progressions we’ve all heard a million times and then some. To be fair, Death Sentence
isn’t bad, per se, but it exemplifies what it means to be average and forgettable. I suspect a mall metal-er may find this release engaging, but to the veterans of metal trvth, this is little more than a waste of time that would’ve been better spent listening elsewhere.