Artist Name: Mad Hatter 2.0
Record Label: –
Release Date: May 2013
I don’t usually write the album reviews for TBFM but when listening to Deconstruct the review wrote itself! Buy this album and I guarantee it will be the best 48 minutes of your life… no Viagra needed!
Hitting the ground running, this long awaited and Pledge funded album has such a kick ass attitude that you would come to expect from the Exeter metallers. First track ‘Kiss the Curb’ has some amazing riffs that give the album an opening statement of what’s to come from them.
Having had the album just 2 hours I have listened to the next track several times and it has hooked me so much. ‘Stomp’ is going to be the first single released off the Deconstruct album and has a bit of the old plus something new from Mad Hatter 2.0. If you do not rock your head from start to finish to this song then I suggest you start listening to Justin Beiber and leave this album well alone!
Fuck yeah! The album title track ‘Deconstruct’. Such a hard hitting track from the get-go. A hint of Own Worst Enemy in this song which has to be one of the best on the album if I do say so myself.
‘Forfeit Your Life’ has some major drum smashing going on which I can only guess cost Kurt a lot of money to replace his sticks! You will hear some amazing guitar riffs on this track which shows up this bands potential of being a band for the future. Probably one of the best guitar sections on the album come up on this song too and I love the changes from Marc’s vocals going from haunting whispers to very tame rock ballard style sound and then just switching the the more growly sound that we have become accustomed too.
‘Deviance’ starts out as a very slow paced song but again, Marc’s haunting growls on the song soon builds up into a great heavy track which once again will get your head nodding. A slower track of the album but sang with a great passion which I feel has a great story behind it.
I love this next song, ‘Forgiven’. After listening to a much softer sound of the band we get back into the hard hitting sounds again. A much heavier sound to this song, probably one of the heaviest on the album but again, I am drawn to the versatile change of sound to Marc’s voice that makes this a song to really mosh to. Of course, this is a re-recorded track from the single that was released in 2012.
I like it when bands are confident enough to put previously released songs onto a new album. ‘Considering This’ was such a great track and fitted in so well to the newer sound of Mad Hatter 2.0. Like Forgiven, Considering This is a previously released track but was re-recorded by the current line-up. Without saying to much on this track, I can say there are some slight changes on it to listen out for. It has been one of the most popular songs on TBFM for the listeners and always good to hear this when ever we see them play live.
Another favourite for me on this album which I have to mention is ‘Turmoil’. In my top three off the album it has all the determination of the band in this track. Its a much faster paced drum beat than some of the other songs on the album. The chorus is something I cannot explain except how awesome it sounds (cheesy word I know but it works for me!).