One Man Army And The Undead Quartet - 21st Century Killing Machine (Nuclear Blast Records) - Back
A debut album for a band is always a memorable time for those included in the process. “21st Century Killing Machine” is One Man Army And The Undead Quartet’s first full-length release. However their first release was their promo or demo EP “When Hatred Comes To Life.” Their new disc is buzzing with traits from other bands that all metal heads should know, at least if you consider yourself a metalhead you should. For instance the characteristics of Entombed, Pro-Pain, Slayer and At The Gates can be found woven through their album. The Swedish death influences mixed with thrash and the metal groove from all those bands makes for a positive listening experience. Overall the music is catchy and heavy with decent solos. Sure there might be some other bands that do more on their disc, but this is a nice solid album. Some of the riffs or elements that have a rather basic sound seem to have something missing in their music, at least compared to the more vibrant parts of this disc. With an addition of another riff or layer of guitar it could make it sound more satisfying. Or even a pick up of tempo. But I don’t want to nitpick. It’s not as good as it could be in my opinion, but this isn’t something to toss to the curb either. The vocals may sound familiar to you. At the helm of this band is former The Crown vocalist Johan Lindstrand. Put all that together and you have a formidable force in a band called One Man Army And The Undead Quartet. If you like thrash and Swedish death, this album is for you!


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins