Year : 2014
Style : Southern Metal , Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 170 mb
What the American hard rock and metal scene needs right now is an infusion of youth and some new blood coursing through its veins. Enter ANTI-MORTEM and their upcoming debut album, New Southern. An Oklahoma quintet whose combined average age is just 21-years-old, ANTI-MORTEM were raised on southern rock & heavy metal and driven by a hunger to make an impact. The band dole out bottom-heavy and groove-laden heavy rock anthems, and as with all the metal greats they've learned from, a modern sense of melody infuses every track. Also present and accounted for is southern swagger, courtesy of the band's roots and upbringing.Singer Larado Romo, whose vim & vitriol is that of a younger, more virile version of Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and the range of Disturbed's David Draiman, reveals the simplicity of the band's goal: to drag rock 'n' roll back to the forefront. "Hard rock is stagnating," he acknowledges. "We want people to think, 'Rock has balls again.'"That's quite a bold statement, but ANTI-MORTEM have the musical cajones, the chops, and the songs to back such a claim up. It's not just lip service or bravado. It's their M.O. and what drives them.ANTI-MORTEM - whose name is derived from the Latin "Antemortem," which means "before death" - can trace their humble beginnings back to 2008. Larado was a middle-schooler and the rest of his now-bandmates were in high school. He was drafted into the mix by his older brother, guitarist Nevada. Despite the difference in age, the members meshed because underneath it all, they were merely music fanatics who loved playing their instruments and enjoyed listening to classic rock. They were fully immersed in the rock of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Then they discovered metal and the rest is ANTI-MORTEM history.The band spent formative nights and weekends woodshedding their sound on the concert stage they built themselves in the Smith family barn (originally intended to store an old car collection). While Smith’s parents were away working on the weekends, ANTI-MORTEM would turn their barn rehearsal space into a makeshift venue and honed their live show by inviting friends and family in Chickasha over for many afternoons of gravel-throated vocals, crunch-laden riffs, thick grooves, and some good ol’-fashioned Southern hospitality.Before long, they found themselves on real concert stages opening locally for the likes of Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, and even performing at the destination event Rocklahoma. But they are itching to hit the road and earn their road warrior scars to recruit fans into the new church of rock that is New Southern.For New Southern, ANTI-MORTEM worked with veteran producer Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Seether, Black Stone Cherry), who helped them to channel their varied influences and inspirations into a cohesive and seamless mix. Incredibly prolific, the band have penned a whopping 100 songs to date, and continue to come up with a new song or a new riff every week."We have so many writers in our band and we all have different tastes," Romo says. "Me and [guitarist] Zain [Smith] will write a song that's pretty metal, and then all three of us write a song that is like southern metal or like it was from the '70s. None of us have ego about writing. We don't question if it's soft or heavy. If one of us says, 'I believe in this riff,' then it becomes, 'Let's write an ANTI-MORTEM song around it.'"Smith clarifies, "It's not that anyone doesn't like the same style. I listen to the most brutal metal, which the other guys might not get into. We just don't limit ourselves."On New Southern, the band challenged itself with a song like "Words Of Wisdom," which was written in a tune similar to that of Mastodon. "That was my first time experimenting in that tuning" Smith says. "It's heavy and it has a good message."Adds Smith, summing up the track and its theme: "The message is to question authority. People who tell you how to live your life don't know how to live their own. It is about realizing that no one knows any more than you do. No one has the answer of life, but they will try their hardest to make you believe that they do and you have to be able to stand up for yourself and say 'No, that's not for me.'" In essence, it's a song for the disaffected and put upon members of our society.Then there's "100% Pure American Rage," a song whose title does not mask the band's intentions and pretty much tells you what it's going to sound like from the get-go. It’s a moshy anthem that meshes extreme heaviness with a classic style of songwriting and guitar sound. "It's brutal but accessible," Smith explains. "It's very political. The solos are tasty. It’s new-day metal, but it has a Led Zeppelin-esque guitar tone and solo. There's nothing that sounds like this song out there."Other key tracks include "Black Heartbeat," which is about "understanding that the only answer is to move on and sometimes to move on, you have to be cold to the one who hurt you," while "Wake Up," with its razor sharp, buzzsaw riffing, is about unlocking doors latched by the government and spreading the word. "Path To Pain" is about "someone not knowing when to leave well enough alone and when you finally have to snap to get somebody out of your business…" and it's built around a guitar groove that's so deep it reaches marrow.Once you get through a full listen to New Southern, you will find yourself not believing that musicians as young as the members of ANTI-MORTEM could craft such a solid album. They play with the skill of seasoned vets, yet they have the fire in their guts that defines up-and-coming bands determined to make a go of it and to be heard.While ANTI-MORTEM are confident they’re armed with an arsenal of heavy-as-balls songs, live is the band's most natural state and where they truly burst with life. Once on stage, they adopt a laser-like focus… no one else exists in that moment but ANTI-MORTEM! Their aim is to lay waste to stages and win fans over in the concert setting. "You may hear the album and think it's good," says Romo, conceding that the stage is where ANTI-MORTEM are truly in their element, “but when you see us live, you will be crushed. We dn’t want you to just listen to the album. Fuck the album. Come see us live."Smith concurs, "Our goal is to get out there and play better than anyone else. It's not a competition but we want to get out there and crush. You have to have that attitude that you are the best and look like it. We keep that mindset. When we get on stage, we think we are the baddest band in the world."ANTI-MORTEM’s other goal is to inspire people to recall, revere, and respect the power of the riff and the guitar. "We want to inspire people to pick up guitars," adds Smith.Explaining the band’s debut album title, Romo concludes: "New Southern describes our way of life and our mindset. It's the same attitude, the same anger, and the same resolution of the rebels that have lived before us, that always stood up for what's right, not what's easy. When I say rebels I mean revolutionaries like JFK, Ghandi, and John Lennon. From a musical standpoint, I would love to carry on the legacy of all the greats like Pantera, Metallica, etc. Those bands made an impact because of how they carried themselves and the messages they gave us in their music. New Southern is a NEW spin, OUR spin, on the southern mentality and how we aim to carry on the torch."
I think the metal world has a negative stereotype when it comes to youth in metal. We usually see kids who own a Metallica shirt and have only heard “Enter Sandman”, or things like uber xXhardcoreXx scene kids. And then Anti-Mortem comes along, band members averaging the age of 21, saying things like “hard rock is stagnating,” and “we want people to think, 'rock has balls again’”. Well, if you’re gonna make statements like that, you’re going to have to back it up. And they intend on doing that with their debut release, New Southern.First off, for a young band, (not just in the ages of the band members), their sound is quite mature. It’s very much hard rock with some obvious flairs of southern rock and maybe even a little bit of groove metal infused. As some of the track titles would suggest, (e.g. “100% Pure American Rage”), the sound overall is simply and incredibly American, straight to the point, heavy-riffed hard rock.New Southern follows a lot of the same hard rock conventions that others adhere to as well. Songs are driven completely by the guitar riffs of Zain Smith and Nevada Romo. They’re all written with seemingly only one purpose in mind: to get you to headbang. Most of the time they’re more on the slower side, like on “Path to Pain,” but can also drive a little faster like on “I Get Along With The Devil”. Vocalist Larado Romo definitely has the voice of a seasoned veteran in hard rock. You’d probably think he’d been singing for decades before Anti-Mortem, but he’s only about as old as the rest of the band. His voice is the glue that binds all the pieces of the band together whether he’s laying into them on “Words Of Wisdom”, or laying back a little like on “Black Heartbeat." Having said that, I can’t help but feel that this is really nothing much more than what I’ve already mentioned. It doesn’t deviate much at all from other hard rock or really try to take too many risks, especially for a debut album. And that’s fine, I mean, not EVERYTHING has to be the next new thing, or take a genre and completely flip it on its back and do something completely new for it to be good. But I just can’t shake the feeling that this is all a little generic.The music itself is fine; it’s much like all the other hard rock acts only a more Southern and also a little Pantera-y oddly enough. And those slight differences might be enough to bring others in, but for me personally, the songs are a little more on the forgettable side. Nothing really stood out to me to as being particularly amazing or just extraordinary enough to be a little bit more than generic. After repeated listens, I still couldn’t really recall a song from memory all too well; it all just kind of blended together in a sea of crunchy guitar riffs. “Stagnant Water” represents a lot of my negative feelings towards New Southern. The main riff consists of two chords, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the lyric melody somewhere else before.I don’t want to come off as too mean, so that I don’t take too much away from the musicians themselves. New Southern is still a great effort and again, sounds incredibly mature for a band their age. If you didn’t know that this was a debut album, you might’ve thought that they’ve been out for a lot longer. The fact that I can lump it in with many other hard rock acts should be proof of that. It’s certainly heavy, and very true to its sound and overall theme, (pissed off Southerners). But even though it follows the formula to a perfect T, it doesn’t automatically make it spectacular.Just to further disclaim myself, New Southern is not HORRIBLE; this isn’t a BAD album by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s also not a very great album. Though, if you’re a fan of hard rock in general then you’ll probably still have a great time with it Anti-Mortem might be very accomplished already in their short career on the mainstream, but I just wish their debut could have been a little better. Luckily, since they’re so young they have tons of time to keep developing themselves as musicians, and will maybe present new and better things in the future.
Larado Romo - Vocals (2008-2014) - See also: Texas Hippie Coalition, Cosmic Wool
Corey Henderson - Bass
Levi Dickerson - Drums
Nevada Romo - Guitars - See also: Texas Hippie Coalition
Zain Smith - Guitars - See also: Locust Grove
01. Words Of Wisdom
02. New Southern
03. 100% Pure American Rage
04. Hate Automatic
05. Black Heartbeat
06. I Get Along With The Devil
07. Path To Pain
08. Wake Up
09. Ride Of Your Life
10. Stagnant Water
11. Truckstop Special
13. A Little Too Lose (MR. BIG cover) (Bonus Track)
+ Video "100% Pure American Rage" (Official Video)
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