In an era when cookie cutter pop artists created by a corporate machine that manufactures and distributes rehashed and uninspired songs filled with auto tune and fluff, it’s refreshing to see a band emerge that calls the industry to the carpet exposing them for what they really are. The Chicago based quartet, “Fool’s Brew”, has unleashed a brutal assault on the industry with their latest EP, “New Machine”. The song, “Ghostwriters”, makes no bones about how this band perceives the state of the music industry today. Fool’s Brew appears to have picked up the torch and sentiment from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and delivers their message to a new generation with their own unique brand of face melting metal. This EP is ferocious right from the start. The opening song, “The Parade”, highlights everything that this band does so well. Killer riffs, aggressive vocals and a rhythm section that will beat you into submission with every crushing blow. If you’re looking for a fight song, check out “The Faceless”. Never have I heard a song before that made me want to throw down the way this song does. The opening bass line sets the stage for this piece of musical bad ass, then proceeds to relentlessly assault your ears with fire and aggression. One can’t help but be reminded of how the opening riffs of “Walk” by Pantera first moved you. It’s kinda like that. The only down side of this EP is that there are only 5 songs. You will definitely be craving more by the time you get to the end. I would encourage anyone who listens to this release to go back and check out the previous 2 EP’s the band has produced 2016’s “The Reckoning” and 2014’s “This Side Of Sanity”. Both of which are worthy of your time.
Rich “Big Sloppy” Markum