Amerakin Overdose – Album Review – ‘The Great Amerakin Dream’
I’ve got a confession to make: Prior to this review, I had never heard of the band Amerakin Overdose. So when I tossed in their latest CD, ‘The Great Amerakin Dream’ and pressed play, I had no idea what to expect. Within moments of the intro, “Red, White and Black,” a woman began to sing a haunting rendition of the National Anthem. Distorted news headlines played over her, the menacing notes building like a beautiful nightmare before breaking into the explosive title track “The Great Amerakin Dream.” “Is this the life you wanted?” lead singer Cody asks in an Ivan Moody style growl. “Is this the life you need? Is it everything you thought it’d be? “The great American dream.” Said American dream is obviously the main focus of this record, including what the vague concept has come to represent, and how low some will go to obtain it. “This album is a journey through the common struggle of wanting it all, having it all, losing it all and being reborn” the band is quoted as saying. “Believing in yourself and yourself alone and freeing everything that enslaves you.”
A deep and culturally relevant theme is great and all, but can be quickly marginalized unless the music itself is up to par. Objectively speaking, “The Great Amerakin Dream” is one of the best new metal releases of 2016. Intro excluded, this record is a non-stop, energy infused injection of high octane metal. At times the group channels the likes of Five Finger Death Punch and Korn, while other tunes lean towards a more electro industrial feel ala Marilyn Manson. “Cyber Superstar” is one example of this, as is “Medicate,” an in your face, rage infused track with a dash of dub step. A majority of listeners will likely gravitate towards “I, Alone” and “Letting Go,” which features a guest appearance by former Mushroomhead singer Waylon Reavis, however if you’re sick like me I would recommend the poetic, pulsating “Letting Go” as well as “Cunt,” a hard hitting thrash track about equally loving and loathing someone. Both songs are excellent examples of Amerakin Overdose’s ability to display their vulnerability for the purpose of connecting with their listeners.
“The Great Amerakin Dream” is everything you want metal to be. It’s brutal but with a hint of beauty. Fans of acts like Fear Factory, Mudvayne and FFDP should gravitate towards this record, and find it equal parts familiar and innovative. So grab a copy, crank it in your car, and let Amerakin Overdose assault your senses with the album’s 13 terrifically twisted tracks.
Amerakin Overdose 4-1-1
Web site: http://www.amerakinoverdose.com/
Kelly Mason / The Fuze Magazine
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