Battery

Battery

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Battery, a Philippine hard rock/metal trio, released their debut album Battery in 2000. The band consists of a guitarist/vocalist, bassist, and drummer. "Rage" opens on an intoxicating blitz of raw-edged guitar chords and riffs. The bass provides strong counterpoint to the guitar, and the drums propel the song's momentum. Michael Turner's singing is gritty and hypnotic. His guitar solos in "Rage" both sear and scorch, and the precision exhibited by the band is impressive. "King Strange" opens on a "weird" guitar sound that seemingly emanates from the arsenal of Rage Against the Machine's lead guitarist Tom Morello, who is known to coax many strange sounds from his guitar. "A Lot to Learn" also features a strange Morello-like guitar line that floats above heavy Black Sabbath-type riffs and an incessant, gnarling drum beat. The guitar riffs heard throughout the album also find inspiration in Led Zeppelin as well as 1990s band Soundgarden, among others. Several songs open on an onslaught of muscular guitar, and then change directions into dreamy, languid territory, the guitar and vocals both singing lazily before returning to rough musical waters. The searing lead guitar heard in "Toxic Hate" sounds almost pretty. The brawny "Coming Home" sounds reminiscent of Grand Funk Railroad's "I'm Your Captain." After all this, the acoustic tenderness of "Come to Me" comes somewhat as a surprise, but it is most welcome indeed. The song is melodic and enticing, and the electric guitar solo is mellifluous. One looks forward to Battery's next album.

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