Dead Ends – Mamatay sa Ingay
After a long wait, finally here’s Dead Ends’ last album entitled Mamatay sa Ingay. Unlike their 3 previous albums, this release is more of a metal project rather than a punk one. Even if you haven’t heard of it yet, the cover clearly show that this album is influenced by metal. It features a long-haired person sporting a Slayer tee covering his ears (while screaming?).
Utilizing a second guitarist in Lourd de Veyra, this release boasts of fast and thrashy tracks sung in the vernacular, clearly unlike any you’ve heard of at the time this album came out. Very original. While all tracks here are fine, I still go with the powerful Wasteland and Mga Gago Lang, the anthemic (Ano nga ba ang) Kalayaan, the very tangible Pulis! Pulis! and the brilliant Tumayo at Lumaban. To me this is the ultimate pinoy thrash metal song. If you happen to hear the English version of this killer, you’d probably know what I’m talking about.
When Al, Harley and Jay re-grouped sometime ago for the Joan Lombard Gig, LA 105 featured and interviewed them together with the WUDS. Their playlist in that show included an English version of Tumayo at Lumaban entitled Toy Soldiers and the English version of Wasteland. I think Toy Soldiers was included on the Dead Ends compilation album Chosen. I know you have to love your own, but I tell you that those versions are unbelievably brilliant. Speed, power and melody: ingredients of a typical thrash metal masterpiece. I still have to scour for my copy of that radio show but in the meantime, sink yer teeth first at this Pinoy metal onslaught.
PS: Goddamn internet connection runs like a sloth these past few days so bear with me, my apologies for only having a few new posts, ok? Til next time!