Featuring members of Voros and Alkira, Pitchfork Justice contains 40 minutes of bellicose metal. Blending thrash, hardcore, and sludge metal into a strong-tasting and satisfying concoction, this is a very impressive debut album. If you imagine a mix of bands such as High on Fire and Power Trip, with a touch of Lamb of God, you’ll be on the right lines; this merely sets the stage, however.
Powered by meaty riffs and rumbling belligerence, the songs gallop through the running time with a carefree attitude and a fistful of tunes. The band’s sludgy thrash is fun and beefy, and is played with confidence and plenty of chops.
Classic metal melodies augment the thick rhythm guitars, making for a memorable collection of material. The songs’ brutality is offset by this melodic sensibility and the quality of songwriting. Shatter Brain’s song-based approach to metal allows them to take advantage of both instant appeal dynamics and a deeper longevity that comes from good songcraft. It’s also a lot more diverse than these things usually are, with each song having a few different tricks up its sleeves, (Silent Screams even has an unexpected black metal section, which is just swell).
Charismatic vocals display a very wide range, from screams to growls to shouts to rough semi-cleans, and even some clean singing. The singer offers a standout performance throughout, and the variety of vocal styles makes it seem like there’s about four vocalists in the band.
I liked this a whole lot more than I expected to, as I usually find this sort of crossover metal poorly-done. I’m glad my expectations were exceeded; Shatter Brain have given us a top quality metal album. Play at full volume and try your hardest not to move.
Very highly recommended.