Ironiclast by The Damned Things on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Comprising Anthrax’s guitar players Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano with Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman and frontman Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die, it would be easy to assume that supergroup the Damned Things sound like a motley mess of metal-core pop-punk thrash. But in actuality Ironiclast is a quintet of guys who just want to play old-school hard-rock at eardrum damaging volumes. Taking a cue from 1988’s Beetlejuice, “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” opens with some Black Sabbath-inspired sludge before Buckley contrasts the tune with soaring melodies. “Bad Blood” is a fierce standout that rocks like a Monster Magnet jam with radio-friendly vocals, while “Black Heart” reveals that the band may have a shared adoration for early KISS recordings as Buckley vamps it up a bit à la Paul Stanley while the band blast ham-fisted beats and classic arena riffs with the power to feather the hair of 10,000 denim-clad boys. Unearthing more Sabbathesque riffs on “Graverobber,” it’s apparent that the Damned Things are having heaps of fun with this project.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Comprising Anthrax’s guitar players Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano with Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman and frontman Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die, it would be easy to assume that supergroup the Damned Things sound like a motley mess of metal-core pop-punk thrash. But in actuality Ironiclast is a quintet of guys who just want to play old-school hard-rock at eardrum damaging volumes. Taking a cue from 1988’s Beetlejuice, “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” opens with some Black Sabbath-inspired sludge before Buckley contrasts the tune with soaring melodies. “Bad Blood” is a fierce standout that rocks like a Monster Magnet jam with radio-friendly vocals, while “Black Heart” reveals that the band may have a shared adoration for early KISS recordings as Buckley vamps it up a bit à la Paul Stanley while the band blast ham-fisted beats and classic arena riffs with the power to feather the hair of 10,000 denim-clad boys. Unearthing more Sabbathesque riffs on “Graverobber,” it’s apparent that the Damned Things are having heaps of fun with this project.

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About The Damned Things

With a lineup consisting of members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, and Every Time I Die, the Damned Things seem like one of rock’s unlikeliest supergroups. The project began when Scott Ian and Joe Trohman met and, after hitting it off, decided to start a project to fill some of their free time. Rounding out the lineup is Anthrax’s Rob Caggiano, Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley, and Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley. While the group members cover a wide range of sounds in their day jobs, they’re able to pull together the best parts of everything as the Damned Things, utilizing the powerful riffage of Anthrax and the driving, hook-laden pop of Fall Out Boy to create an infectious thrash/classic rock hybrid. The band made its debut in 2010 with Ironiclast, released on Island. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • FORMED
    2009

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