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Crotchbreaker - "The Dusk Rapist" (CD)

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"The Dusk Rapist" track listing:

1. The Dusk Rapist
2. Brown Brown
3. Torture Tree
4. Priapissed
5. Protect/Serve
6. Oil Rig
7. Rippin’ Thru
8. Shitstorm
9. Crotchbreaker
10. The Whore…

Reviewed by on December 6, 2011

"Crotchbreaker does a great job capturing the intensity of the band’s live music with 'The Dusk Rapist.'"

Crotchbreaker’s “The Dusk Rapist” is nothing but power. The ten songs on the album have all been given high doses of adrenaline. The music here is mainly a mixture of hardcore and thrash, with the songs just barely leaning toward one or the other. There are no slow fade outs here, every song begins and ends with a bang.

The opening and title track “The Dusk Rapist” begins with crazy fast drums by Brent and a scream by Brian that set the tone for the rest of the commotion that will follow. The hardcore, harshly spoken phrases compete with Mike’s awesome, classic riffs throughout each short song. Mike even included a pinch harmonic on the title track, something I always find endearing. His breakdowns are one of the best aspects of the album. Every song includes one; each different than the next and usually very classic thrash in style like in “Brown Brown,” “Oil Rig,” and “Protect/Serve.” I really enjoyed his spirited playing on “Torture Tree.”

Brent is an amazing drummer, and the machine-gun solos on “Priapissed” are incredible. Mark’s bass was not as loud in the mix as I prefer, but that’s typical. I did really enjoy the bass in the very thrashy “Shitstorm,” which is very audible during the breakdown. It’s also the slowest moment on the album which is still fairly up-tempo considering the break-neck speed of the whole album. It closes with “The Whore…” which is possibly the most insane song; rivoting down to the last second.

Crotchbreaker does a great job capturing the intensity of the band’s live music with “The Dusk Rapist.” It’s clear music, yet so severe in tempo and musicianship that it may cause a headache, but one you’ll want to have.

Highs: Extreme energy, fun to listen to, and classic sound.

Lows: More bass, please.

Bottom line: Fast, furious, and leaves you craving more.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)