The following was originally published in our In The Pit section.
Review by antiGUY
Dragpipe are here
to take metal to a different extreme. We’re not talking about heaviness
for heaviness sake, or plowing through powerchords so that they sound like
just about every heavy band on the scene. Dragpipe is an anomaly in this
day and age of cookie cutter bands, even in the heavy music scene, they
actually try to bring something different to the genre instead of latching
on to the latest trends and milking them for all they are worth. Simply
put, Dragpipe want your attention and they are not afraid to be unconventional
to get it.
The band’s frontman
described their sound as “gasoline rock” in a recent interview but it goes
a little deeper than that, it’s really the soundtrack to chaos and encompasses
so many things from hardcore to nu-metal, stoner rock, punk to arty alternative
of the Perry Farrell variety and a little dose of industrial goth thrown
in. Vocalist Jai Diablo commands this musical asylum through a surprisingly
dynamic mix of music that is hard to ignore.
Before they officially
went into the studio to record, “Music for the Last Day of Your Life” with
producer Dave Sardy (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Bush), they did some pre-production
with former Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez and also worked with
Jason Newsted (he was originally going to produce the CD but scheduling
conflicts and prior commitments kept that from happening). It’s interesting
to ponder how different the album might have been if it had been produced
by Newsted or Ramirez but I’m willing to put money down that Dave Sardy
was the inmate they need to lead this musical asylum to their final victory.
Fans of heavy rock
of many varieties should really get into this album. It has a bit of nu-metal
for fans of Korn but also has a healthy dose of stoner rock for those into
that and let’s not overlook the moments where they enter the realm of Corrosion
of Conformity. Despite all of these similarities, Dragpipe takes these
ranging influences to capture their own vibe and insane sound that has
be heard to be appreciated. This is definitely a new band to watch in the
months and years to come!
- Music for the Last Day of Your Life
Quest In Time
Seeds Of Change
Carnivals & Festivals
Fountain Of Pain
Playing For Keeps