I can’t quite think of any band at the moment with the sordid history of SOCIETY 1. They are rather extreme to say the least. Breaking into album number two for Earache Records sees the Industrial Noise unit from the USA expand from the well received debut ‘’Exit Through Fear’’ into a band ready to focus on song writing as well as keeping the fans enthralled with all manner of front stage back stage debauchery.
Fronted by porn director Matt Zane SOCIETY 1 carve blast beats of Industrial bile through ‘’It Isn’t Me’’ and ‘’6 Months’’ but the Metal-ness on ‘’Let Me Live’’ is refreshing and dare I say anthemic! Honestly ‘’No Father’’ is a groove laden Doomy Rocker with Zane’s vocals straining but not constricting an excellent song. The up-tempo thumping rollercoaster riffing of ‘’Touch A Girl’’ complete with the line ‘’I want to fuck the world’’ is a track METALLICA might have done if they hadn’t lost their balls. ‘’Realms Of Bliss’’ is a strange road trip with TYPE O NEGATIVE and ALICE IN CHAINS joining in the fun. The melodic nature of the opening is set against the line ‘’I want you to die’’ Nice I am sure you’’ agree. Still it’s a well crafted song at total odds to the nature of SOCIETY 1’s music. ‘’Lord’’ just plain Rocks! Featuring air tight riffing from Sin on guitars it gives Zane just enough time to strangle his vocal chords.
Initially sceptical of SOCIETY 1 they have managed to deliver a very listenable Metal album crammed full of all sorts of noises that delight and confuse in equal measure. (Online May 21, 2005)