Saddled with the ungainly moniker of Metal Thrashing Mad, London band MOUTHFUL OF FLIES debut album, ‘’Ten: Negative: Sixes,’’ is an uncompromising hard-as-nails Metal record incorporating a miasma of current and old school sounds. And their influences are not to their detriment as they concoct a neck snapping tirade of rabid riffs, gravel pit vocals and pounding double bass drums.
Not normally my favourite area of Metal, MOUTHFUL OF FLIES certainly doesn’t do things by half. Their take on Metal music is thoroughly modern, robust and weirdly has a huge undercurrent of intense melody. Both ‘’March Of The Clones’’, ‘’Believe The Lie’’ and ‘’Blatant Frenzy’’ are excellent stabs of well written, catchy focused Heavy Metal. Riff after riff roll over a steel wall strength backline that certainly takes some beating.
Some bands surprise when you least expect it; MOUTHFUL OF FLIES is one such band. It’s been a while since I attested to the potential greatness of a UK outfit but these guys could well be heading straight to the top of the stack.
(Online February 15, 2008)