Anarchy Club – A Single Drop of Red

Anarchy Club – A Single Drop of Red / 2007 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.anarchyclub.net /

Hey, I didn’t know that White Zombie recorded songs under the moniker Anarchy Club. Seriously, the band starts out “Graveyard Stickshift” with a type of rock music that blends together equal parts Monster Magnet, “La Sextorcisto”-era White Zombie and Fu Manchu. This blend of style allows the band to keep current music fans interested while still playing in a time-tested style. The band comes forth strong with their introductory track to “A Single Drop of Red”, with a track that could easily be placed on rock rotation anywhere they so choose. The disc’s second track is “Collide”, and it it drops much of the retro rock sound for something that will hang tightly with acts such as Disturbed and Papa Roach. The track has its moments, but it is not as immediately catchy as “Graveyard Stickshift”. “Blood Doll” follows “Collide”, and it provides a slower, more subtle type of hard rock for their fans.

This means that the act calls forth a little more of a Velvet Revolver influence than anything, despite the fact that some of the arrangements are more traditional metal than anything else. The title track is a track that has the same swirling type of instrumentation that buffets individuals for the entirety of the track, but the shifts between the different parts of the track seem to be more forced than they had been at prior parts of the disc. The inclusion of strings to the track is a nice inclusion, but it just seems as if the band’s focus becomes scattered, making this track lose a lot of momentum.

The band starts to draw up the tension and intensity for “No You Don’t”, but the blend of old and new metal during this track shows that the act has not completely got back to the place where they were at the ending of “Graveyard Stickshift”. However, the chorus of the titular phrase is compelling in a way similar to Dio’s “Holy Diver”, which nets the band points. Anarchy Club take on a massive helping of “Resurrection”-era Fear Factory during “Shaolin”, but the act still seems as if they are stuck in a rut. The band has a tremendous amount of talent, but it just seems as if Anarchy Club does not establish enough of their own sound during “A Single Drop of Red” to make this a must purchase type of album.

Top Tracks: Shaolin, A Single Drop of Red

Rating: 5.7/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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