PILLBUSTER | PILLBUSTER EP
ROCK, SOUTHERN METAL
4 of 5 stars
Review by Thomas Duerig
A filtered guitar riff teases the right ear, then the left, and then the gate is lifted to reveal the towering and distorted tone you’ve come to expect and made famous by Southern Metal bands like Pantera. If you only listened to the opening track, Dying Next To You, you might think Pillbuster guitarist, Joe Festa, prays at the altar of Dimebag, but the truth is pleasantly more complicated than that. Festa’s range of style is rich, and while his most memorable riffs and techniques don’t stray too far from the tricks of the Southern Metal camp (and arguably sound most at home there), there is enough borrowing from other genres to prevent Pillbuster from ever becoming too predictable. “Rhythm of Decline,” for example, lends itself a more punk-rock sensibility while “5th Helena Drive” has an almost prog-rock ambition. The occasional and clever use of Wah-Filtering or Phaser Sweeping reveals Festa’s skill at sound-design and makes his instrument truly sing. Meanwhile, Brett Lloyd’s words explore themes of anger, betrayal, loneliness, disappointment and deathwish, and his voice has the tortured rasp to pull it off. The occasional line or phrase that, without conviction, might otherwise come across as hyperbolic melodrama sound like gospel-truth passing his lips as the band blends traditional elements of metal, rock and punk into an impressive debut that leaves this reviewer curious to see what the band will do next.
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