Explicit Distortion is a four-piece band from Pierre, South Dakota comprised of Jamie Kerr (vocals), David Hufford (guitars/backup vocals), Harlan Forster (bass/backup vocals) and James Walti (drums). They recently released A Box in The Garage, which is pretty straight forward hard rock/metal.
One thing I will say right off the bat about Explicit Distortion is that music certainly contains explicit language. The lead singer throws in the word “fuck” so many times that the word starts to lose its meaning. It’s almost comical how often he curses throughout the album because he uses the word at times where it seems unnecessary.
Musically, the band displays no frills style metal throughout A Box in The Garage. The band plays into tropes that metal fans have come to love such as squealing lead guitar fills and insanely fast drumming.
The album starts with “Forsaken” which is a heavy song that revolves around subjects that tend to be pervasive in metal including demons and pain. Kerr sings, “You brought this fuckin pain inside of me / Now your demons are pulling you down / You want more and I can’t stop giving in / A little more and I’m watching you drown.” If you enjoyed “Forsaken” you will enjoy the rest of the album as the band doesn’t deviate too far from that sound.
“Shady Side of the Sun” is a solid song that contains one of the more memorable choruses while “All Falls Down” veers more towards a band like Alice In Chains than stereotypical metal. The band throws in a cover of “Bad Room Rising” that they do justice to. As the album progresses there were a number of other highlights including “Bounce,” “Head Trip Games” and the closer “One Foot in the Groove.”
A Box in The Garage is a long, girth-y album. At fourteen songs with no filler I had a hard time getting through all the songs in one sitting. I almost feel eight to ten songs would have been more effective. Fans of bands like Godsmack and Drowning Pool should enjoy what Explicit Distortion offer.
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