Today we look and listen to the other band nominated in the Best Metal category in the SAMMY Awards here in Syracuse, N.Y. Yesterday we looked into the other band ‘ERA’. Today we explore the rapid-fire crush of sound that is ‘One Last Shot’.
What struck me immediately was the bands wide sound and uptempo flair to really take the listener on a ride. Their 12-song CD was released around Halloween 2013 and was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by local wiz-bang Steve Sopchak at The Square Studio in downtown Syracuse. Check them out right here: http://www.thesquarestudioonline.com/index.html
The CD entitled “Bastards Of The Plague” ignites with the intro ‘The Bastards’ which for a 53 second intro has all the gun powder needed for a full fledged song unto itself. It is followed by the impressive “Ghost In Snow” that as I listened I feel some hardcore and punk strains and had the volume rising on my speakers. “Wolves Skin” hooked my in the throat with a steady does of aggression and vibe that would have had Beavis & Butthead slam dancing, but then “Bring Out The Dead” hit my speakers and it was this song alone that had me abusing my speakers and shaking the windows. This is the song that you envision 50,000 people moving as one to as the band causes rips in the earth underneath them. These guys bring fury and thunder to the listener that is infectious. They almost bring to mind some of OTEP's fury and writing ability which for me is killer and for you, gives a reference perhaps.
“Bury The Legend” brings screams, power and also features William Control of Aiden. I can’t think of any other metal bands around here that record a 12-song CD and bring along friends too. That is cool and the song was worth hitting replay a few times. “Hell’s Empty” is the halfway down that road full of the walking dead and should be played on 10 as you slice walkers heads. “Words In Throats” starts with aggression and has some of that early-thrash drum and bass work, fast and furious. “A Lizard In Brenda” is the second song with a guest appearance, this time with Matt Good of From First To Last and offers more of that groove-feel with aggression in spades but also has some melodic singing so it truly is an around the world journey of sound.
These guys epitomize what the new generation is getting known for in music and are also very worthy nominees for the SAMMY Award in Best Metal. Wicked trips in every song, talented work by the band all around, and a must own for everyone. I look forward to seeing them destroy a stage soon and maybe The Sammy stage would be a great place to thrash.
One Last Shot is (simply):
Bastards Of The Plague tracks:
- The Bastards (Intro) 00:53
- Ghosts In Snow 03:11
- Wolves Skin 02:53
- Bring Out The Dead 03:17
- Bury A Legend (Feat William Control of Aiden) 03:08
- Hell's Empty 03:35
- Words In Throats 03:07
- A Lizard In Brenda (Feat Matt Good of From First To Last) 02:17
- Neon Gods 02:59
- Lived In Shadows 03:40
- Perversions May Vary 03:13
- They Call Me "The Devil" 03:35