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Guilty as Sin: Psychotronic
Crossover Thrash, Stoner Metal
Self-release
2011
Release length: 36:50
Myspace
Hailing from Watertown, Massachusetts, three-piece Guilty as Sin present their latest full-length effort, Psychotronic for the masses. Formed in 2008, the band has released two other albums, and a debut EP during the year of their conception. This Sludge and Crossover Thrash effort has many locals in an uproar, and is slowly making its rounds across the United States. But, is this something well worth tracking down, or is it something not really worth your time?

Almost immediately, you’ll feel messy and unkempt once the music on Psychotronic kicks in due to its dirty, rawer qualities that best suit an underground Crossover Thrash recording. The guitars have a thicker buzzing to them that’s a mid-range pitch, and the bass guitar is presented well enough with a deep hum that helps make things a little more filthy. The drums come off rather natural, especially in the snares that have a little emptiness, though slightly muffled in the mix. That also shows through on the cymbals, which are a little more crisp than one might expect. The bass kicks, however, have a nice, assertive click that is easy to pick up on. Of course, the gritty shouting vocals are largely buried, but complete the unclean atmosphere perfectly for what’s to come.

Guilty as Sin kicks thngs off with the ambient introduction “Start Transmission.” Similar to an eighties Science Fiction theme, it weaves a haunting and technologically progressive directive that will immediately hook he listener. However, this is quickly short lived with “Destroyed Reptoid 1.0.” While still sticking with that theme lyrically, the music is a complete contrast. Ushering in some catchy two-step and sandpaper-like vocals, you’re thrown into the eighties Punk influenced scene for a short bit before a blasting Grindcore passage erupts, switching off from here between that and a rather catchy guitar solo that is pretty easy to listen to. The aggression and energy behind this one really sets the stage from the rest of the release, though later songs, such as “Into Dust,” show the band doing a little more. An incredibly short track, the energy feeds into a rebellious tone, as do what appears to be overly modulated additional trumpets at times to give the band a bit of an experimental Ska value.

Of course, while the randomness keeps the listener on his/her toes, there are longer, more consistant cuts available that show some excellent musicianship and range. “Addicted to Cyanide” throws in a few Science Fiction sound effects here and there against a slower paced instrumental. It’s a very laid back offering, complete with haunting effects on the guitars for emotional solos that really stick to memory, and just let you lay your head back and get wrapped up in the performance. “Gobekli Tepe” is more of a restrained instrumental in that it’s often lighter, but does have some energetic areas that fit more of an Action theme than a Science Fiction one. But, it’s the ending that really is surprising, having a dark and windy alleyway vibe similar to something you might expect of a Noir inspired film. Unfortunately, “Psychotronic” isn’t the most engaging. It’s clear the band was going for some kind of Cyberpunk style, and for the sake of atmosphere it sounds great. But, eventually the effects just become too much, and the music behind it starts to get old despie chaotic guitar work.

Instrumentals like those make up the final chunk of the album, and while the first half is just downright dirty fun, the second part is a more concise and engrossing musical experience that even treads into Progressive Metal territory. But, no matter how you look at it, this is an album that tries to incorporate a good deal of variety, and it does it surprisingly well. Between dirty aggression for the unwashed masses, to a more refined Progressive tinged sophistication, Psychotronic makes for an interesting experience, and one that will have you paying closer attention to the potential Guilty as Sin possesses.

01. Start Transmission – 1:29
02. Destroyed Reptoid 1.0 – 1:42
03. Frothing at the Cunt – 1:12
04. Into dust – 0:45
05. Boston Beatdown – 1:47
06. Addicted to Cyanide – 6:40
07. Gobekli Tepe – 7:28
08. When Machines Eat Flesh – 3:32
09. Psychotronic – 12:15
Overall Score: 8/10

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