Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine journalist
The release of Field Trip by the band Cassius King is a monumental point in the Indie Music Scene. The band itself is a veritable who’s-who in the Metal Music world.
Cassius King is Dan Lorenzo, Ron Lipnicki, Jimmy Schulman and Jason McMaster on vocals. Jason McMaster, as you must know, was the power behind the band Dangerous Toys, and Lorenzo, Lipnicki and Schulman are core members of the band Vessel Of Light and former members of the bands Hades, Non-Fiction and Overkill. All of them Masters of Metal
The album opens with a smash in the face, the track King of Lies, has a massive driving beat, guitars flail with angst and fire, the track is ominous and hits hard. Followed by Cleopatra’s Needle, opening with guitar riff that harkens to the sound of early Black Sabbath, it tells the story of The Ripper’s story from an outside perspective. Below The Stones takes you into lore and the secrets taken into eternity. Join The Exodus is a drum beat grave stomper, the guitars drone in dark rhythm. The Bass guitar opens Traveler and then the vocals of McMaster ensnare you into the story with lyrical perfection.
Apocalyptic Nations is a pile driver song with a drum beat that is a war march, off to imminent doom. I Move With The Moon, the lyrics tell a tale of Bloodlust, the lyrics seem to tell of the werewolf’s path, and the strings burn with passion. The next track SIX, is a tale ofwhen the sins of man come to bear witness. Leave Of Absence, a blues style, power-dive track a song ofMadness is as Madness does, get the white coats ready, your mind is now jelly, to be spread on toast. The album ends with This Side Of Forever, this is a living nightmare, a ghost story, the song of the damned to walk in the fires of hell forever, the dead may never die in this devil’s paradise.
Field Trip is as a fantastic album by music’s mega talents, killer riffs, blazing beats and hypnotic vocals, just the best possible blend on both modern and classical rock / metal styles with a healthy helping of DOOM.
Cover art by Claudio Bergamin (claudiobergamin.com)
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