Upon a Burning Body

Red. White. Green.

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For their first album, Texas metalcore band Upon a Burning Body named all of their songs after Al Pacino movies. On Red. White. Green., they rehash the movie concept with a record based on the works of Robert Rodriguez. In songs like "Desperado," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Planet Terror," and "Sin City,” the bloodthirsty metal fits right in line with the ultra-violence of the grindhouse director's films. The graphic lyrics, chaotic playing, and guttural screams dish out heavy-handed fun throughout -- much like Rodriguez's campy, cartoonish action scenes -- but even if the concept might make Upon a Burning Body seem like a novelty act in the vein of, say, Austrian Death Machine, the band's musical prowess is still highly evident. No doubt about it, they thrash.

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