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Early Man – Death Potion

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Death Potion

01. Death Potion
02. Brainwash at Birth
03. Someone Else’s Nightmare
04. Nine Riders
05. Fight
06. Unseen Tormentor
07. Through Chemtrails
08. The Undertaker is Calling You
09. Killdrone
10. I Am the Child of Evil
11. By the Serpents Breath You Seeth
12. Six Mothers of the War God

[The End Records | 7/20/2010]

Brooklyn based heavy metal band Early Man have once again shown that they are here to unleash fast, catchy and sharp riffs in their latest release Death Potion. The album opens with the title track “Death Potion” and instantly you can’t help but bang your head to the opening riff, which then becomes a barrage of chugging riffs, reminiscent of early thrash/speed metal. Then the trademark vocals of Mike Conte come in and it’s as hard and aggressive as ever. In fact the album as a whole retains the speed fans come to know from Early Man, but they’ve incorporated more power and solid hitting making Death Potion an all out heavier album than previous releases.

The album continues with “Brainwash at Birth”, which comes off as straight up heavy metal of old, with plenty of chugging and harmonizing riffs while the track that follows, “Someone Else’s Nightmare” is a full on juggernaut of a song. I can easily see people head banging and like maniacs to this song during live shows. “Nine Riders” is a change in pace, less speed and more deep solid chugs which is then complemented by a Slayerish (is this even a word?) breakdown near the end. “Nine riders, hunting souls. Rest assured, they’ll get yours!”… Sounds good to me!

Death Potion also features a few songs found on earlier Early Man albums, such as “Fight”, “Unseen Tormentor” (which was released on a split album with Rammer), and “The Undertaker is Calling You”. Fans of their earlier albums will recognize them. Now some people may think this is valuable real-estate that could have been used for newer material, but believe me, these are welcome additions to the album. Plus they’re not the original versions of the songs, but re-recorded and given new life.

The album concludes with “Six Mothers of the War God”, a blistering array of, you guessed it, speed and hard hitting riffs. They pull out all the stops on this track and provide what I believe, the most epic of Early Man songs to date. Between the wailing guitars of Mike Conte and Pete Macy, the hammering of Adam Bennati on the drums and Tim Ramage on bass, and Conte’s various vocal stylings, this is an amazing end to another solid release from Early Man.

So if you’re a fan of heavy/speed metal or just looking for a new band to check out, give Early Man’s Death Potion a listen, as well as their older albums, and be sure to check them out live when they come to your area. They have an upcoming tour in support of the album and rest assured, I’ll be there. Dates are listed below:

“Death Potion Tour” -headlining dates w/Evile and Bonded By Blood

09/30 – Tulsa, OK @ Marquee

10/01 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington

10/02 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

10/03 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

10/04 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre

10/05 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse

10/06 – Newport News, VA @ Budda’s Place

10/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

10/08 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill

10/09 – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s

10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa

10/12 – Toronto, ONT @ Sneaky Dee’s

10/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s

10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

10/15 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet

10/17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies

10/18 – Kansas, City, MO @ Riot Room

10/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

10/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas

10/22 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s

10/23 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Early Man – Death Potion gets…

4/5

– DA