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Album Review

Northwestern metal band Five Foot Thick makes its national debut on record with Blood Puddle (there was a previous regional release, Circles, in 2000), and, while brief (one generally expects a full-length CD to run longer than the 33 minutes found here), it establishes the newcomers as a presence in the realm of thrash-metal. Guitarist George Silva dominates the sonic picture with power chords over the solid rhythm section of bassist Kris Demers and drummer Silas McQuain, with Matt "Gzus" Gonzales filling up any remaining holes with his keyboard and turntable contributions. The resulting sonic sludge supports singer Bryan Dilling, whose vocals are in the familiar, aggressive howl of the genre. Many years ago, metal antecedents like Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest had to go to court to defend themselves against charges that their records promoted suicide and violence, but we've come a long way (one way or the other) since then, and Dilling can unabashedly taunt the object of his rage on the opening track, "Unfounded," by yelling, "Why don't you kill yourself?" His anger does not diminish over the course of half-an-hour, and listeners looking for a rock band to express their own personal frustrations will find their ids reflected in the lyrics. Five Foot Thick does not demonstrate any talent for taking metal music beyond its rigid stylistic limitations on this release, but the group does seem ready to play with the big boys. (Despite the frequent use of common obscenities, the album does not contain a parental advisory sticker.)

Customer Reviews

wow very satanic

dude this is very wierd


you guys never disipoint me. keep it up.

only a taste of their talent

First I wouldn't consider this album satanic in any way. Angry and aggressive yes, but not satanic. I have to admit it is difficult to rate the album on its merit alone as I heard all of the songs preformed live numerous times before they were even recorded. It is a shame that FFT is no more. They had a live show presence that many of the "big" bands out there could only hope to have. As far as this album goes if you like it heavy and with meaning give the album a shot. It is also too bad that their third album "this cold life" is not available through iTunes as it was yet another forward set by the bad toward wide recognition.


Formed: 1997 in Spokane, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Heavy metal band Five Foot Thick were formed in Spokane, WA, in late 1997 by musicians who were veterans of earlier groups. After personnel changes in the rhythm section, the lineup solidified as a quintet consisting of singer Bryan Dilling, guitarist George Silva, keyboard player Matt "Gzus" Gonzales, bass player Kris Demers, and drummer Silas McQuain. Five Foot Thick developed a following through live work around the Northwest over the next several years, and in 2000 the band self-released their...
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