Review Summary: Poor production drags down an otherwise half decent debut.
Australia is known as the land down under. Down under what exactly, is up for interpretation, but if Australia's music scene is any indication, it must mean under the radar of the musical Bigwigs. There are plenty of bands from Australia that nobody has ever heard of, this is one of them. In 2011, An Arrow To The Knee released a demo called "Getting Over Thunderdome". The band consisted of, at that time, Geoffrey Leonard Jr. on vocals, Sandra Bogard on drums, and Denis Henderson on Guitars. This album only has two tracks, so it is rather short in time frame, however it is much more death metal oriented and slower than the groups newer releases which feature their v2 lineup.
The First song is The Dawning, which is a standard brutal death metal song with token deep guttural vocals, however something interesting to note is the rather thrash metal sounding instrumental. Unfortunately, bass is entirely drowned out in this mix.
Next is Battery Acid, this song receives the most flak, and for good reason. The song not only features rap, but autotune which is off key, and that's always a bad sign. This track reminded me more of Brokencyde than a metal act, but I listened to it, and while it is the worst track on the album, it does have the most varied vocal style, and even some promising, VERY deep gutteral vocals near the middle. While most hate this song, I personally happen to love it.
-Diverse selection of genres including Hip Hop, Death Metal, Grindcore, and Stoner Metal.
-Overuse of AutoTune on 'Battery Acid'.
-Vocals were recorded in a way which sometimes makes them get drowned out in the music.
-Production was sub par.
-Rapping on Battery Acid. Feels more like a BrokeNCYDE song than a metal song.