Penetrator - Penetrator (Sonic Age Records) - Back
Well, I have to say the name of this band had won me over before ever hearing a single track, these days it’s so hard to come up with a catchy & heavy sounding name but Penetrator is just that, heavy, loud, aggressive, a band with catchy tunes that you will want to play over and over. The band who only formed a couple of years ago features great guitar work from "Bulldog" Bess Ross, the amazing vocals of Maxel Black, powerful pounding bass lines by David T. Green and thunderous drum sounds by Ogie Dawg. Hailing from Canada Penetrator is defiantly a world class metal act. I only recently found out about this band and was more then happy to review their self titled album. Their new album ‘Voo Doom’ is out soon. After hearing the first Penetrator album you will be left wanting more! Here is my track by track review. I hope you enjoyed the album as much as I did!

“Penetrator” - What a fucking great opening track, this is pure brutal thrash metal at its best. Vocally I am reminded of great singers such as Rob Halford & King Diamond. This is a killer track with powerful melodies.

“Unleash The Fury” - Is another one of those fantastic metal songs with killer riffs, fantastic drumming the fills Ogie Dawg used on this track were awesome. This track is perfect for those of us who like to let our hair out and thrash!

“Spread The Mind” - This song at first reminded me quite a lot of a metal version of the B 52’s classic ‘Rock Lobster’; but that quickly went away. Even though this is not one of my favorite songs on the album you will be happy to leave the stereo up loud and your foot will continue to tap!

“Guns And Whiskey” - I love the opening riff and this song only gets better as it goes on! Musically ‘Guns and Whiskey’ reminded me of bands like Pantera and to be honest this would have been a perfect song for an album such as Vulgar Display of Power! Vocally this track took me to another place, a track filled with high hair raising notes that Black delivers on every single time. This is one of my favorites on the album.

“Muso In A Bottle” - Gotta say I hate the title reminds me too much of The Police tune ‘Message In A Bottle’ which is a song I despise! I have to say this song didn’t do much for me at all and I don’t think that was the titles fault. I have never been a big fan of songs that opened with bass riffs but more importantly, I thought this song was on the wrong album. This is defiantly a track that I won’t be playing too often.

“Adultress” - Has a classic metal opening. This is a track for the headbangers. The influence of bands such as Judas Priest and Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath shine through on this track. If you love your metal loud then this is a track for you. ‘Adultress’ is a song that you will want to turn up to eleven!

“Wheels Of Justice” - Is another classic sounding pure metal track. The lyrics are very well written. The guitar riffs were everything I expect from all of today’s bands that are influenced by the heavy metal greats. This is another fuckin’ awesome track that I just know you will all love!

“Shock Therapy” - This one reminds me so much of King Diamond vocally with a musical mix of Kreator, Overkill & Slayer. You will not be able to control yourself, you will find yourself turning the stereo up as loud as possible for what can only be described as an intense brutal song that will send all of your neighbors off for some shock therapy of their own!

“Templars Of Hate” - Just like ‘Guns and Whiskey’ this is another one of those stand out tracks for me! This was a great choice of song to close the album with, any headbangers around the world will be more than impressed with ‘Templars of Hate’! Maxell Black is vocally mind blowing, this track is musically outstanding. I can’t say enough good things about this song.

Rating: 85

Reviewed By: Cameron Edney