24 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Austrian Death Machine is the sidesplitting side project of Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying. His vision is that thrash metal this brutal must somehow relate to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most savage celluloid characters. In addition to naming the songs after Schwarzenegger quotes and themes (“I Need Your Clothes Your Boots And Your Motorcycle,” ”Allow Me To Break The Ice“), Lambesis also landed an Arnold impersonator to pepper Double Brutal with various skits. Sure the jokes about terminators, barbarians and missions to Mars get old before the 24th and final track on this double album, but you’ll hardly notice because most of these lyrics are screamed gutturally with those prerequisite Cookie Monster inflections of the metalcore genre. Lambesis also breaks up the monotony with some stellar covers of punk and metal songs that have been used in various Schwarzenegger soundtracks. A pummeling portrayal of Judas Priest’s fetish anthem “Hell Bent for Leather” takes the cake, but fans of vintage Metallica are sure to dig ADM’s fierce execution of “Trapped Under Ice.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Austrian Death Machine is the sidesplitting side project of Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying. His vision is that thrash metal this brutal must somehow relate to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most savage celluloid characters. In addition to naming the songs after Schwarzenegger quotes and themes (“I Need Your Clothes Your Boots And Your Motorcycle,” ”Allow Me To Break The Ice“), Lambesis also landed an Arnold impersonator to pepper Double Brutal with various skits. Sure the jokes about terminators, barbarians and missions to Mars get old before the 24th and final track on this double album, but you’ll hardly notice because most of these lyrics are screamed gutturally with those prerequisite Cookie Monster inflections of the metalcore genre. Lambesis also breaks up the monotony with some stellar covers of punk and metal songs that have been used in various Schwarzenegger soundtracks. A pummeling portrayal of Judas Priest’s fetish anthem “Hell Bent for Leather” takes the cake, but fans of vintage Metallica are sure to dig ADM’s fierce execution of “Trapped Under Ice.”

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About Austrian Death Machine

Designed as an "outlet of pure testosterone and stupidity," Austrian Death Machine is an Arnold Schwarzenegger-obsessed side project from As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis. Seeing the man he likes to call "Ahhnold" as "the embodiment of everything brutal and stereotypically metal," Lambesis wrote a set of songs based on lines from Schwarzenegger's films. Tracks like "Come with Me If You Want to Live," "I Am a Cybernetic Organism, Living Tissue Over (Metal) Endoskeleton," and "It's Not a Tumor" were recorded at Lambesis' home studio and originally featured samples of Schwarzenegger himself. After thinking twice about the legal action this might bring, Chad Ackerman from the band Chapter 14 was brought in to re-record the vocals with his humorous Arnold impression. After guests like As I Lay Dying's Nick Hipa and Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz were brought in to add guitar solos, Metal Blade became interested and signed the band. The label released Austrian Death Machine's hilarious and heavy debut, Total Brutal, in 2008. ~ David Jeffries

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