Album Reviews

Brute Force – Force Fed

  • Review by: Vilasini Muralidhar

Introducing you to the new breed of angry young men. No, they don’t fight thugs and swirl them in the air. Instead, they slash Indian society’s unreasonable beliefs and corrupt politics with the power of thrash metal. Ladies, gentlemen and worshippers of the power chord, here’s Brute Force. Many of us may remember them as the long-haired guys who blew the crowd over with ‘Holy Wars’ at Strawberry Fields a couple of years back. Well, they’ve now graduated to an entire album. And its called Force Fed.

On first look, the album art almost looks American Idiot inspired. It’s probably only after eight tracks multiplied by a couple of listens that you realize the implication of the “punch”. A diagrammatic representation of the music intended for our not-so-ideal narrow-minded conformist.

Force Fed opens with ‘Ground Zero’. Cliché though it may sound, the first impression is what always lasts and ‘Ground Zero’ stands as the perfect fierce beginning to the album. Young, aggressive, and instrumentally tight, the track is a great preamble to what awaits us for the next few minutes. It is followed by the fast-based ‘Rise’, whose definite highlights are crisp drumming and the guitars too, of course.

The title track however, seems like a sequel to ‘Rise’, with only a different pattern of riffage. Considering that the album has been named after the song, expectations do get high, and unfortunately aren’t met musically. The song’s strength lies in its lyrics. Well done.

Next in line is the song ‘Brute Force’. The song defines the band, intentionally or not. It’s all in the name of speed, and probably Metallica? These three and a half minutes have a more-evident-than-usual Hetfield influence, which is not necessarily a demerit. Thankfully, it works.

A voice against reservation, ‘Opportunity Denied’ is the first original composition of Brute Force’s that most would have heard. This version, with its superior production quality, only takes on a ‘New and Improved’ avatar. Though not exactly what we would call poetic, the lyrics do bring out a point, but don’t really go with the music. Nevertheless powerful in its own way, this song is surely one of my personal favorites with good bass work, and a well molded combination of tempos.

By the time I reached ‘Axis’, I actually felt the song structures were headed towards some sort of similarity. It does pick up in the latter half though. ‘Forgotten Heroes’ comes as a refreshing melodic change – a change of pace and vocal quality. Possibly the softer break that all heavy bands go through, and a breather after all that head bobbing.

And how could a thrash album conclude with something that’s not characteristically ‘metchul’? Screams, evil-sounding chords played at a higher RPM than usual ‘The Elite’ wraps the package up with just the right amount of energy, and leaves you with a good taste in the mouth.

If only politics could be replaced by effective music like this! All in all, Force Fed is metal with a message that’s powerful, and powerfully put across. A must buy, without doubt.

Rating 4/5