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Hay Perro: Eastern Ideas Of Death

Eastern Ideas Of Death, the debut album by Hay Perro, has a very specific audience in mind. A raunchy and frenzied homage to retro 70s and 80s metal, the simple chord progressions and unskilled vocals are perfectly suited for a debauched frat boy party. As is often the case with modern bands, Hay Perro succeeds only in crafting wholly unoriginal and inferior emulations; this music was done decades ago, and it was done better.

Formed in Chicago in 2006, the quartet is known only as Dan, Brian, Chris, and Emily. They've been described as "a punk rock Thin Lizzy, the love child of Iron Maiden and Minor Threat, and Black Flag doing calculus." I would add a touch of The Stooges to the mix. In essence, there's a lot of double tracked guitar, novice rhythms, and screeching. Everything about Eastern Ideas Of Death is amateurish, repetitive, redundant, and worst of all, completely familiar.

Considering that every track sounds 97.3% the same, an exploration of the first two tracks is sufficient enough. "The Isopod" is a minute long trash jam that, thanks to some slightly complicated interplay between guitar and drums, actually has some technique behind it. It segues into "Vicious Beast," which is basically the previous track with Chris yelling the title of the song over the music. Wow, impressive. Imagine identical sounds continued for 33 more minutes and you've heard the whole album. The exact same timbres are used throughout (both instrumentally and vocally), and there isn't a shred of diversity or an ounce of serious songwriting behind any of it.

Again, if you plan to spend a Saturday night binge drinking and fighting with strangers in a parking lot, Eastern Ideas Of Death is the perfect soundtrack. It is unapologetically mindless hard rock. However, music like this has existed for generations, and the originators were simply better at it. Hay Perro is nothing more than a bunch of talentless people who studied Motorhead, The Sex Pistols, and Iron Maiden and decided to rip them off.

Track Listing
1. The Isopod
2. Vicious Beast
3. No Visions
4. Ride The Laser
5. Homunculus
6. Blue Mother
7. Mammal Disaster
8. He's From Norway
9. Eastern Ideas Of Death

Added: August 4th 2011
Reviewer: Jordan Blum
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1599
Language: english

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