First off, I’m going to make it very clear that I have absolutely no idea what “party metal” is. It’s a genre that I’ve never heard of before, let alone listened to. But that shouldn’t put people off – instead, the stranger a genre, the more intrigued the listener and I was definitely intrigued upon listening to RAD!
Hailing from Los Angeles, RAD! have been bringing their “party metal” to their fans for a while now before releasing their EP ‘Party Animals’, containing a roaring six tracks. Short intro ‘From Which We Were Born’ ignites energy levels, before diving into ‘Balthazar’ – only a sweet three minutes long, an onslaught of blistering riffs explode upon the opening chords, blended with demonic drumming.
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‘Doc Holiday Inn’ and ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ contain huge, meaty (no horse meat, I promise) slabs of punchy rock attitude, laced with abrasive vocals. ‘Keystroke Folklore’ is a raw, rough-edged punk rock track, while closing title track ‘Party Animals’ ends with gritty riffs and hostile, guttural vocals.
‘Party Animals’ is a solid bruiser of an EP, and a rather strong footing for RAD! It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you should definitely check them out if you have a soft spot for hardcore mixed with a real punk rock attitude.
‘Party Animals’ by RAD! is out now.
Written by Jess Tagliani (@JessTagliani)