"For Torch and Crown" (Metalville; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Cool album cover. I love it when a metal band has a wicked cover and smash face music to match. Drone will destroy your brain! The vocals are gritty and it sounds like Moritz "Mutz" Hemple gargles with old razorblades before stepping up to the mic. He's got range though, and he'll power his voice right through you. The guitar is nasty with meaty riffs and screeching solos. I've never had so much fun listening to a metal discus that was thrown directly at my head. These guys are considered thrash and groove metal. 

This is Drone's fourth disc and it's forty-one minutes (ten songs) full of masterful metal. Song titles include "Zombies in the Moshpit" ("They slip and slide on their guts;" c'mon, that's worth the price of the download just to hear him sing that!). "Croak in Your Waste" is another gnarly track with tons of guitar and brutal drum pounding. The drums blast beat on a few of the songs and if you're driving to work while listening to it then you better just rocket that sucker past your intended destination. You'll be useless to work when you're that amped up. 

The track "Stick to Yourself" is one of the best on this disc because of the elements used in the song. It's got great vocals, a memorable riff and a solid solo. Its one of the tracks that starts the final burn with "Short Way Down" and "Bloody Mary" (which has some female vocals enclosed) to close out the disc.  

DRONE: Fabian Harms Bass, Vocals (Background), Moritz "Mutz" Hempel - Guitar, Vocals, Felix Hoffmeyer Drums, Marcelo Vasquez Rocha - Guitar, Vocals (Background).

For more information, http://www.dronemetal.com.

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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