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Old Grandad 

Hocus Corpus

Wednesday, Jul 13 2005
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A mainstay on the local metal scene before splitting up back in 2000, Old Grandad appealed to a wide range of heavy-music fans with a unique mix of Sabbathy sludge, hardcore thrash tempos, Floydian trippiness, and over-the-top paeans to drugs and Satan. The original lineup of drummer Will Carroll, guitarist Erik Moggridge, and bassist Max Barnett reconvened some time ago after a three-year hiatus, but this recent Double Down release marks their first recorded effort since reuniting. The hilariously titled opener, "I Want Me to Want You," shows that the OG cornerstones of tag-team death-metal growling, monolithic riffs, and warped lyrics remain intact. The big revelation here is a newfound focus on more melodic vocals, a change heard on the drug-abuse laundry list of "You Know How It Goes" and the occult-minded title track. Longtime fans shouldn't worry about the sellout factor; these new ear-friendly aspects only slightly temper the more abrasive pummeling found throughout, particularly on "Class Act" and "Two Long Days for the Butcher." Probably the last local band one would expect to be crafting oddly catchy metallic singalongs like "You'll Never Know," Old Grandad has returned from the grave stronger than ever.

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