03. Rise & Conquer
04. The Walking Dead
05. Silence Is Golden
06. Die Like You Live
08. Gutter Mouth
09. War Machine
10. Battle Hymns And Broken Bones
12. Cain Marko
13. The Path I Walk
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The metal/hardcore scene is a highly traveled genre nowadays. It takes a lot to stand out in this gigantic crowd, but it takes balls to stay the same throughout your existence and still maintain relevance. Sure, it can be done, just look at Unearth. Those dudes haven’t changed a bit and they continue to be stalwarts of the genre. There are some acts, however, that have been monstrous bands, but somehow seem to lay in the background a little bit. I don’t want to say they’ve been overlooked, but they definitely haven’t been given the “mainstream” recognition they deserve for their years of dedication to an oversaturated scene. Who may these dudes be that I am speaking of? I'm talking about a band that’s been held in high regard in the NYHC scene, a band whose lead singer has a beard so gnarly that Chuck Norris cringes at the sight of it. Hailing from the mean streets of Queens, New York, Decoy readers I give you Full Blown Chaos.
This year, FBC released their self-titled effort and, holy shit, is it brutal. It seems as though 2011 is the year “keep it simple stupid” is heavily in effect. One thorough spin through this album and you’ll know that despite the occasional nasty licks and shredtastic solos, Full Blown Chaos is here for one reason and one reason only: to chug out the riffs. “Doomageddon” immediately throws some head-bobbing chugs your way to get your mood right for the listen ahead. A Full Blown Chaos album wouldn’t be complete without some gang chants and this track provides just that, as a group of sweaty dudes chant the song's title. And shortly after each group of chants? A mosh-worthy breakdown. Dance it out fellas. The album follows suit fairly well, so extreme in-depth nit-picking of each track is unnecessary. There are, however, a few tracks that are brutal enough to give mention.
“The Walking Dead” has “punch the person next to you” written all over it. The track oozes brutality and Ray’s vocals are nastier than ever. You want to talk about letting it all out in the pit; this is the track to do it to. The entire last minute of the track is simply a giant breakdown, and it will definitely get the feet movin’ and arms swingin’. Remember earlier how I stated there were a few shredtastic tracks? “Silence Is Golden” is one of them. The track is viciously metallic and it has a giant solo to cap it off at the end; it's definitely a go-to track on this release. “Battle Hymns and Broken Bones” is full of two-step beats for the old school heads but no need to fret, there’s a breakdown thrown in there for you to transition to. This particular track seems to be a lot fuller than the rest of its tracklisted siblings; perhaps it was done on purpose due to former part of its title. Either way, it’s a fantastic listen. Last but not least is the album’s closing track, “The Path I Walk.” An epic start flows right into some fast-paced riffs and intense double-bass. The song is anthem for all FBC fans. It’s steady-paced, heavy and pit-worthy. This is most definitely a pile-on song to end a perfect set with.
Full Blown Chaos is a wise Koi swimming in a giant pond filled with goldfish. Simple? Sure. Heavy? Hell yeah. Fun as shit to listen to? You’re damn right. This self-titled effort is sure to be a hit amongst the old heads and young bucks alike. Let’s hope this release doesn’t fall by the wayside because it’s exactly what this scene needs at this point in time. FBC gets a giant two thumbs up from me for this release, and you should give it the same.