"The Weapon" (Century Media; 1998)

Reviewed by Snidermann

"The Weapon" has all the ingredients of top notch heavy metal: power, aggression, talent and heart. The sheer energy of the lyrics and the booming music is a breath of fresh air in what is too often an otherwise stagnant musical world. 

In a word: Wow! My Own Victim's "The Weapon" snags the you from the very first note, drags you through a bloody meat grinder of heavy metal mania and finally deposits you out of breath and wanting more. 

If you like your metal loud, fast and furious, My Own Victim is right up your alley.

My Own Victim: Victor Hillerich - vocals; Jeff Toy - guitar; Brian Omer - guitar; Todd Conn - bass; Brian Harris - drums. 

"The Weapon" (Century Media; 1998)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You might think, upon hearing the first few tracks of "The Weapon," that My Own Victim are another New York-based hardcore group. The crushing guitars are there, the trademark screamed vocals, and most of the fury. In fact, My Own Victim brings to mind the work of Biohazard.

But they are not from New York. In fact, My Own Victim hails from Kentucky. That distance from the urbanized centers of hardcore has given My Own Victim an edge. They're obviously a hardcore/metal band, but they steer clear of the rap that permeates bands like Biohazard. The result is a raw, powerful record that is heard best at maximum volume or perhaps in the live environment.

Not a weak track on the record, "The Weapon" boasts 10 hardcore rockers and a fascinating instrumental track, the aptly titled "A New Life," that will startle you with its juxtaposition to the rest of the record.

Sadly, "The Weapon" is currently out of print but there are limited copies available at various online CD stores. And, of course, there's always eBay.

My Own Victim: Victor Hillerich - vocals; Jeff Toy - guitar; Brian Omer - guitar; Todd Conn - bass; Brian Harris - drums.

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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