"Broken" (Self-released; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Arizona metal quartet Back From Ashes have concocted a well-balanced blend of metal on their 10-track debut, "Broken."

Heavy enough to satisfy the ardent headbanger, tracks like "Walking the Line" and "Vicarious" combine a machine gun rhythm section with molten riffs, while "Better Off Dead" is propelled by a hearty vocal performance that switches between gruff screams and melodic singing. 

Technically sound yet never escaping the songs' groove to fulfill musical wankery, this act seems just as comfortable throwing the horns out and stomping as they do relaying a catchy chorus on cuts like "Walking The Line."

Chances are -- if you dig modern metal like Slipknot, Ill Nino, and Mudvayne -- there's something here for you courtesy of Back From Ashes. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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