Sound — 10
Only one word can adequately describe the ArnoSound: Ballsy. From the heroic intro, all the way up to the sing-along album closer that is "Last Action Hero", the audio assault is relentless. They describe themselves as "Action Adventure Hardcore Rock and Roll"; a magnificent sound comparible to Body Count, the Misfits, GWAR, Motorhead and Rammstein. Their high tempo, crushing-yet-melodic compositions are performed with military precision by a powerful vocalist, a highly talented drummer and a unique quartet of dual guitars and dual bass.
Lyrics — 10
The band gathers all of its inspiration from treasured Austrian folk tales (the same tales potrayed in Hollywood by a certain Californian Governator) resulting in songs such as "Running Man", "Terminator", "Commando" and "Predator". Some fans may naively point out the absence of chapters such as "Jingle All The Way" and "Twins" - but these are children's stories! ArnoCorps only sing tales of honour and heroicism. Obviously, the inspiration never runs thin with such subject matter, and the pounding ArnoCorps sound compliments it all perfectly. Holzfeuer, the band's lead singer, has all of the Austrian courage and intensity necessary to hold it all together.
Overall Impression — 10
It's easy for a gimmick band to wear thin very quickly, but ArnoCorps is not just a silly concept. It all works much, much better than you would have ever imagined. A few tracks into the album, you start to realise that this is not a joke, this is nothing short of awesome. They have impeccible songwriting to back up the dubious subject matter, and after closer inspection, the subject matter was never dubious at all. Above all, this album works. What do I love about this album? Everything. It's intense, catchy and remorseless rock and roll. What do I hate about this album? Absolutely nothing. There is unlikely to be a follow-up any time soon, since they have exhausted all of the viable source material in one swoop. But this 15-track masterpiece is a mighty legacy, and 5 years down the road, I find them more listenable than ever. And if you think this album is incredible, you should see their live show.