When the Age of Evil Get Dead EP arrived on my doorstep, the two cover tracks — Skid Row’s “Slave to the Grind” and Judas Priest’s “The Hellion/Electric Eye” — immediately gained my attention. “This is going to be a killer disc,” I thought to myself. The band has a cool name, some teenage angst, and a sick taste in music, therefore how can this CD possibly fail?
The covers themselves aren’t half bad as the band consists of talented musicians, especially the lead guitarist Jordan Ziff. However, the original tracks are disappointing and lame, resulting in some mild and unfortunate hilarity.
Clearly, AOE worships Dave Mustaine and the early thrash giants of the 80’s as heard in their style, but the lyrics are just awful. “You think you’re tough, think you wanna die, well kiss my bullet then you’ll wonder why,” sings Jeremy Goldberg on “Get Dead.” Fascinating.
On a different song, the exact same topic, the words are, “you can run, you can hide, but in the end you are going to die.”
The band’s image does not seem to match the style that they are portraying. If they were trying to be for metal what Steel Panther is to glam, I would totally get it. But the band seems to be dead serious.
I would suggest that they keep making heavy music since they can play hard and fast. But come on, put some genuine emotion into the lyrical content, tell a story, and provide some sort of intelligent message. Yes, heavy metal can be thought provoking, just ask Dave Mustaine and Tom Araya.
- “Cruel Intentions”
- “Get Dead”
- “Slave to the Grind”
- “The Hellion/Electric Eye”
- “Eye for an Eye (Live)”
- “Glimpse of Light (Live)”