Thursday, May 16, 2013

Austrian Death Machine

The news of Tim Lambesis' arrest is horribly sad. There's plenty schadenfreude going around the internet now--watch how Fox News salivates over the idea of taking down a famous metal singer, whereas the Huffington Post puts Lambesis' Christianity at the forefront of their story. Between this and the boorish Evan Seinfeld interview in this week's Village Voice, it has not been a good publicity month for metal frontmen. If your friends are forwarding either of these stories to you, send them back a Randy Blythe or Jacob Bannon interview.

I'm not wild about As I Lay Dying, Lambesis' second-rate metalcore band that took their name from a Faulkner novel and earned Lambesis most of his bank. However, I seriously enjoy Austrian Death Machine, Lambesis' short-lived side-project that specialized in turning Arnold Schwarzenegger one-liners into thrash metal choruses, from "Who Is Your Daddy and What Does He Do?" to "Screw You (Benny)" to my favorite, "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers". It's the kind of idea that works so stupidly well, you'll be surprised that no one thought of it earlier. The best songs on ADM's two albums, Total Brutal and Double Brutal, are some of the catchiest thrash that you'll hear. Even the skits ("What It's Like to Be a Singer at Band Practice") make me laugh. Austrian Death Machine had just two albums and only one joke, but it was one of modern music's greatest.

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