Who said metal can’t evolve? On the new self-titled album from metal-infused rockers 3 Headed Giant the band mixes parts Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a touch of Muse for a record that decidedly uses metal as a base to make some interesting and always energetic rock.
“Lullaby” is probably the last track on the album to put anyone to sleep, with its crushing riffs, and screams that never verge on painful. The track takes a powerful turn in its exotically tinged vocal and guitar harmony bridge that takes the track to new heights. The riffs get intense on “Howling At The Sun” where the band burn through a straight rock track a bass-filled grit and relentless drive.
Drums are exploding on “The Machine” while guitars take a softer approach for moment, letting the band’s range come to the forefront. The licks are just as delicious however on the track’s rock choruses, while it leaves fans wondering what softer sides they might show next. “Magnus Circus” has echoing guitars flaring with Red Hot Chili Pepper-like funk and swagger. While the band manage an epic and thumping chorus, the gap they take to try some more ambient sounds just lasts a little too long to maintain the energy.
The metal backs off for “Black Frog Pt.1” finding the bands vulnerable alt-rock side where they craft some dark moody magic. While the attitude kicks up in the finale it does feel slightly overdone in the different atmosphere the track presents. Alternatively with a little more distortion “Black Frog Pt. 2” sticks to its alternative mood and nails it smartly.
Going back into the metal drive more than before “Gunshot My Hate” is a guttural rock track with Metallica overtones and light death metal touches that make it a hard left from the middle of the album. Its vocally intensive finally ends the whole thing with even more fury and shrill cries to amp up the energy even more. “Caught By Surprise” is another straight but enjoyable banger from the band. What it lacks in unpredictability it more than makes up for with its sonically rich production.
3 Headed Giant let everything else loose on “Desiderium (Parallel Universe)” taking us to parallel universes in the process between their exotic tones and dance beats, as well as some of the most fun composition on and choruses overall on the record.