TIEBREAKER – Death Tunes
Tiebreaker’s debut album, the one entitled «We Come From the Mountains», was a great slab of dirty and bluesy (hard) rock with an insane load of melancholic and morose undertones to it. Naturally, I was eager to see and hear what this cool quintet from the small town of Odda would come up with next, and I was not let down. This brand new assault of theirs appropriately titled "Death Tunes" is even better than the debut album. It is also way less predictable (and way grittier) than the aforementioned debut offering. The riffs are energetic and dirty, the melodies are memorable, the strangely unsettled vocals totally work for me, and the production lends a truly organic and intense touch to the whole thing. Fuck me, this is some great stuff! "Death Tunes" is both catchy and diverse, and it is awesome that the album is wider in scope compared to its predecessor, musically and lyrically speaking. There is the aggressive "Hell", the moody "The Deep", and the epic and sorrow filled "Heavy Lifting". The latter is a thing of tortured beauty. My favorite tune, however, is the groovy and dynamic "Pan American Grindstone". Luckily, the majority of songs are real strong, so the album as a whole is solid from start to finish. Well, that is not entirely true; the track named "Commando" does nothing for me, but other than that we are good.
"Death Tunes" is clearly straight from the heart and crushingly honest. No fucking around. The whole thing reeks of blood, sweat, tears, and the kind of attitude that your mom loathes and abhors. That should tell you all you need to know as to whether you ought to check this album out or not. Do not miss out on this one or forever be a limp dick. I mean that!