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Dragpipe - Music for the Last Day of Your Life

Best Metal Album

The following was originally published in our In The Pit section. 

Review by antiGUY

Dragpipe are here to take metal to a different extreme. We’re not talking about heaviness for heaviness sake, or plowing through powerchords so that they sound like just about every heavy band on the scene. Dragpipe is an anomaly in this day and age of cookie cutter bands, even in the heavy music scene, they actually try to bring something different to the genre instead of latching on to the latest trends and milking them for all they are worth. Simply put, Dragpipe want your attention and they are not afraid to be unconventional to get it. 

The band’s frontman described their sound as “gasoline rock” in a recent interview but it goes a little deeper than that, it’s really the soundtrack to chaos and encompasses so many things from hardcore to nu-metal, stoner rock, punk to arty alternative of the Perry Farrell variety and a little dose of industrial goth thrown in. Vocalist Jai Diablo commands this musical asylum through a surprisingly dynamic mix of music that is hard to ignore. 

Before they officially went into the studio to record, “Music for the Last Day of Your Life” with producer Dave Sardy (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Bush), they did some pre-production with former Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez and also worked with Jason Newsted (he was originally going to produce the CD but scheduling conflicts and prior commitments kept that from happening). It’s interesting to ponder how different the album might have been if it had been produced by Newsted or Ramirez but I’m willing to put money down that Dave Sardy was the inmate they need to lead this musical asylum to their final victory. 

Fans of heavy rock of many varieties should really get into this album. It has a bit of nu-metal for fans of Korn but also has a healthy dose of stoner rock for those into that and let’s not overlook the moments where they enter the realm of Corrosion of Conformity. Despite all of these similarities, Dragpipe takes these ranging influences to capture their own vibe and insane sound that has be heard to be appreciated. This is definitely a new band to watch in the months and years to come! 

CD Info 

Dragpipe - Music for the Last Day of Your Life 
Label: Interscope
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