Pile of Heads
The Art of Suffering
3/30/2006 - Review by: Vigatorix
Pile of Heads - The Art of Suffering - 2004
For the majority, the album is an intense concoction of pounding percussion and slashing guitars molded over mechanical production. Frontman smAth provides the classic gutteral rock growl on occassion, but adheres to a gritty melodic singing style in the chorus. The lyrics are morbidly prophetic and emotion driven, fusing smoothly with the instruments though often being morphed into surreal echo.
Is that a touch of Chevelle I hear on "Back Home"? My musical mind is joyously satisfied from tracks one to eleven, but then, a strange twist ravages my ear drums on number twelve. On "J.W.D.S", it seems another band has invaded the album! It's an odd country infused ballad. Actually, it sounds like it would be perfect for the bloody opening of a Quentin Tarantino flick. But it does little justice for an ending to The Art of Suffering. Though I did suffer a headache listening to it.
Standout tracks include the thrash worthy "The Bomb" and flawless opening of "What We Feed Off".
Overall Rating 7/10
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