Song review: “Skull Drag”
Band: Nicolas Cage Fighter
Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Date of Release: 11/07/12
Reviewer: Golden Eagle
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG –deep breath- NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
For those of you unaware of what I am trying to portray here, that is the level of ejaculation that occurred upon listening to Skull Drag by Nicolas Cage Fighter.
I’ve been hearing about this band a lot but for some reason never got around to listening to them. Finally their manager linked this song to us and I just had to cave in and see what kind of music a band called Nicolas Cage Fighter was making.
From the get go, this song whips out its dick and smacks you in the face with it. It starts off with a classic two step style beat; palm muted guitars, power chords, driving drums, awesome. Some people may refer to this as generic, but I prefer to think of it in terms of a good wank: You’ve done it a thousand times before, but as if you’re gonna stop doing it because you’ve done it before!
It’s after this that the vocals kick in. If there is anything that you take away from this review, I want it to be how much I love this guys high-pitched screams. Think Trevor Strnad’s grunt having sex with Mitch Lucker’s rasp and you might have a basic idea of what I’m talking about. While his lows aren’t quite as good, I find them to have a really unique sound to them. Not only that, but the lyrics during his low screams are so clearly audible, even Youtube captions would call you a fuckwit for getting them wrong.
As the song progresses, I find myself with my first piece of negative criticism: Everything seems to go for one or two sections too long. The intro riff repeats after the first verse which works, however, I feel the song could have been better if it only went for two measures instead of four. This as well as another two-step section after the second verse I feel could have gone for a bit shorter. This is only a minor criticism really, but it could have drastically improved the song just to be a bit shorter.
Not too much to say in terms of the drums and bass. I love the bass tone that they have going on here, but that’s just cos I’m a sucker for the really heavy, hardcore, clicky sound in bass (not sure if that’s the right way to describe it. #h8mebitch). The drums are great in terms of being a hardcore band, he clearly has a great sense of timing, rhythm and feel and really knows how to pull off a sick two step.
In terms of production value, I will admit, it’s not completely perfect. But considering I have a fetish for shitty 80’s hardcore bands, I enjoy the slight grittiness. Other than this, the guitar tone is fantastic, awesome to hear some of the bass tone turned up rather than blasting the treble which way too many bands do today (seriously, no one cares that you can feedback, just play the damn song Schneebly!)
One last thing: The ending breakdown was fucking sick.
TL;DR – HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
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