City review by Strapping Young Lad

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  • Released: Feb 11, 1997
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.4 (32 votes)
Strapping Young Lad: City
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Sound — 10
Death, grind, thrash, industrial - all rolled into one crazy mix. This record is a nonstop beatdown from beginning to end. It's loud, heavy, rough, and nasty. It's like a whirlwind of rabid anger and insanity.

Lyrics — 10
The infamous Devin Townshend strikes again. His lyrics are, at best, offensive, and, in most cases, downright vulgar. The stereo becomes a warzone, blasted repeatedly with f-bombs and other obsenities. However, one gets a very strong feeling that, amidst the pandemonium, there is humor to be found. In fact, it seems that this entire album was more or less created to a) bottle chaos in musical form and b) poke fun at metal cliches. If you have a sick sense of humor, you might even find yourself chuckling (provided you understand what's being said/screamed/growled/shrieked). Yeah there's a wide range of vocal styles. Everything from death metal growls to black metal shrieks to just plain out shouting. But hell, the wide range of vocal styles compliments the wicked lyrics very well.

Overall Impression — 10
If you're pissed off, buy this album. If you're a fan of death, grind, extreme industrial, or even black, buy this album. If you're into the radio-friendly rock and pop that's being churned out these days and want to rediscover why you like your music, buy this album. It's not for everyone - you'll either love it or hate it. (Obviously, I love it). But I highly encourage you to take a listen and see for yourself.

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