I have to admit that partly I can be more than just excited about bands such as MINISTRY, PITCHSHIFTER, GODFLESH, REVOLVER and their accomplices, in the case of HISTORY OF GUNS, though, I am torn between approval and rejection. Alright, “Whitby October 2003 Promo” is not a new album but a compilation of the releases thus far spiced up with three modern songs. The opening by “Random Death Bag (vs 2.0)” seems a bit clumsy with its interwoven noise attacks, the slightly punky “Your Obedient Servants” and the technoid “Pattern Death (vs 2.5)” are quite more listenable, more interesting and more danceable, however.
To be exact, HISTORY OF GUNS only partly have something to do with the field of Rock and Metal, and if you listen to the purely electronic “L-M-S” the way to “The Metal Observer” homepage should in fact be blocked. And so “Fact” also rumbles through the speakers quite unspectacularly, and “Moonburn” rather searches its piece of mind in the 80’s disco temples than making a Metalhead freak out with excitement, too. Many synthie sounds and a vocal performance that is often reminiscent of a depressed and unmotivated David Bowie. “Learning Curve” and “Reconstructing Terror” don’t provide for an improvement either but rather strengthen the desire to end this musical mischief through an interruption of the stereo’s power supply. With “Secret Garden” there’s an old piece at last and in “History Of Guns in Session” you can listen to a production of the near past.
But as far as quality is concerned you could as well stand on the breakdown track, with the sad certainty of not being able to expect any help. If it has to be Rock and Metal music drenched in electronics, then it should be one of the bands mentioned at the beginning, considering your own health you should stay away from HISTORY OF GUNS, though. The one point given here is only for the remembrance of how good and essential the mentioned bands were and are. For this performance you get an E. Thank you, sit down and into the archive with it! (Online November 19, 2005)