Brick By Brick- Hive Mentality Review
Born out of Troy, NY’s infamous hardcore scene, BRICK BY BRICK - Mike Valente (Guitars), Andy Parsons (Bass), Ray Mazzola (Vocals, ex-Full Blown Chaos), and James Muller (Drums) - have relentlessly cultivated their reputation as a staple force of hybrid hardcore metal. Solidifying and reviving their sound in recent years with the addition of Mazzola on vocals, the band’s perspective is fresh with formidable intent. Produced by Jason Bourdeau, the album was recorded at Overit Media in Albany NY, with mastering by legendary Alan Douches of West West Side Music.
The band is masters at their craft, but Ray (ex-Full Blown Chaos) has really lifted the band to the top of their game with his abrasive vocal delivery on three solid albums. But the riffs as a Brick By Brick trademark make every release a must have. There are always some serious hooks and driving chainsaw action on every track. And the guest vocalists aren't cumbersome like so many albums wrecked by guest appearances, they just enhance the classic approach to musical violence BYB swear by.
Sounds awesome, well that's an understatement on all levels.
In one way a slightly brief album lengthwise, but more so an album where all the filler and unnecessary nonsense is cut out with a blow torch and a focus on streamlined and brutal hardcore is maintained. But whilst I really enjoyed the two cover songs (Skid Row and Motorhead) on the album, I would have happily swapped both for an extra BYB track, to be honest. But that's being really critical as the album is so damn exceptional.
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