Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and producer of some of the heaviest sounds of the North West coast of the US of A, is back with his newest venture, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Also featuring Peggy Doyle and Dave French. Pure, destructive metal, with lots of immense drumming, heavy guitar and bass riffs. CD and vinyl on Neurot.
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Tad Doyle, of the cunningly named grunge band Tad, used to spend his time trying to be like Nirvana -- a band who, you will note, were not simply called “Kurt”, and fared a lot better for it. Now the mononymous rocker is trying his hand at a different kind of musical dirge: as hinted at with his hairy, gloomy take on the ‘90s guitar thing, ‘Brothers of The Sonic Cloth’ is a mix of homogenous, every-day metal and the occasional chug of funeral doom. It swirls together around a bunch of crushing low-end, a few of those inspirational, for-whom-the-bell-tolls guitar riffs and some weirdly produced pig growls. It’s called ‘Brothers of the Sonic Cloth’, so you can tick about five things off your metal cliche checklist right now.
From listening to ‘Brothers’, it’s clear that Tad’s love of metal is all surface and hasn’t been modernised one bit, which is fine -- but like all pub rock, it mainly recalls early bands without doing any of the things that made them good. There are hints of Black Sabbath here, though with none of the charisma or penchant for writing really good riffs -- in doom, it’s either spectacular riffage or blast our ears out, and this record does neither. Sadly for Tad, the best moments on this record are also the least metal -- the gorgeous, cleanly played post-metal riff of “Unnamed” feels like it’s been cut and pasted from a different record entirely, which is why it’s swiftly taken out for a attempt at a crushing drum assault.
Tad knows what he’s doing, and I’d never tell you he wasn’t a heavy dude -- he is definitely going to rock ‘n’ roll hell if he so chooses -- but ‘Brothers Of the Sonic Cloth’ is an embarrassing slog, a record that’s so caught up in trying to be metal it drowns in chugs and chords and out-dated nonsense. As a traditional (and even satirical) metal record, it does a job -- but you won't remember much other than the cliches.
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