For those of you who were terrified by the last release by
these four boys from Elk Grove, California, be prepared for the
new one. Training
For Utopia's "Throwing A Wrench Into The American Music
Machine" is ten tracks of raging Christian hard core California
The artwork for the cover and insert are a little more colorful
than the previous releases. The insert contains several skull
and crossbones symbolizing the death and violence in the world,
and perhaps the break up of the band itself.
The CD contains all original music and all but one are brand
new releases. Track 8, "Dead Signal 2000", is actually
a digital remix of the original "Dead Signal" which
appeared on "The Falling Cycle" EP. The lyrics are
hard to understand and are a little confusing, but that is expected
from TFU. The CD contains an acoustic song in which vocalist
Ryan Clark sings instead of his regular screaming. An acoustic
song is something that would not be expected form a hard-core
band like Training For Utopia but once again they surprise fans
with an excellent ballad.
If you buy this CD expecting to hear the same TFU you heard
on "Plastic Soul Impalement," you will be very disappointed.
But if you want something totally new and different, you will
be very pleased. "Throwing A Wrench Into The American Music
Machine" is very different from anything that TFU has done
before. This CD has more of a metal sound which is different
the "all over the place" music that we have come to
expect from them. They once again have gone out and paved new
roads in the ever- changing hard-core scene by combining typical
hard-core vocals with a metal-based, industrial digital sound.
If you are a hard core fan, go out and buy this CD right now.