Armed with an arsenal of beefy, distorted guitar riffs and an absolutely pummeling rhythm section, Madison Wisconsin's Droids Attack have delivered a veritable sludge fest of metal and stoner rock on their latest album entitled Must Destroy. The power trio, which consists of Brad Van (vocals / guitar), Nate Bush (bass) and Tony Brungraber (drums), don't appear to be trying to reinvent the wheel with their Sabbath meets Kylessa brand of sledge hammer riffage and deeply layered, infectious grooves, and yet when you've got nine tracks that are as brutally effective as the ones offered up here, originality has a tendency to get overlooked pretty quickly.
After lumbering out of the gate with the slow, all instrumental dirge of "The Unforgiven 4" the band quickly shifts gears and kicks things into overdrive with a double shot of metallic furry with "The Great Wall Of 'Gina" and the aptly titled "Blueshammer". From here on out each subsequent track segues directly into the next one, so the listener is rewarded with an all-out barrage, and thus receives a rather hefty, aural bludgeoning that all told clocks in at a shade less than forty minutes. In addition to possessing a seemingly never-ending supply of thunderous riffs and melodic solos the band also keeps the listener fully engaged by injecting plenty of turn on a dime, tempo changes, so while on the surface the music on Must Destroy might initially come off as being fairly straight ahead and direct, the fact is there is more to the music than meets the ear.
Droids Attack have been kicking around in the underground since 2003 but their star is definitely on the rise here, so if you're into high octane stoner/ metal then I think you'll find that Must Destroy delivers more than decent bang for your buck.
1) The Unforgiven 4
2) The Great Wall Of 'Gina
4) The Arcade Bully
5) Must Destroy
6) The Crisis In The City (It's Increasing)
7) Canadian Death Bus
8) Koko Beware
9) Astro Glider