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American Heritage Millenarian


01. Brootal: Axxes of Evil 02. Toilet Paper and Leotards 03. It's Like Fucking A Napkin Full of Toenails 04. Peckerwood 05. Way To Go Cowboy 06. Spina Bifida 07. Piss Engine
2006 Translation Loss Records
Our score 8

by Nick
9/25/2006

The press sheet for Millenarian is quick to deal with the obvious comparisons that American Heritage will draw with Mastodon, as it reads, "...the two bands have traced somewhat parallel evolutions, toured together, and even joined forces for a split single in 2003." Now let it be known that I am, at most, a casual listener of Mastodon.Every once in a while I'll give Leviathan a spin, get confused about the ridiculous amount of hype that has been surrounding Mastodon for the past couple months, then return to my regular listening rotation. With that being said, after a couple of listens to Millenarian, I am completely hooked on American Heritage. The trio's sound on Millenarian is a perfect blend of the riff-heavy rock of Mastodon and the dark, angular hardcore of bands like Engineer. Exceptional riffs with a touch of southern rock provide the structural basis for each song. The drumming is solid, and never has any trouble keeping up with the path blazed by the guitarist. The bass has a good gritty sound that is very complementary, shining as needed, but for the most part taking a backseat to the guitar-heavy focus of the tracks. These seven tracks average around five minutes a piece, with each track leaving room for American Heritage to display their outstanding musicianship by diving into lengthy instrumental sections. After researching the band, it came as no surprise when I learned that the trio had originally been an instrumental outfit, incorporating vocals for the first time on the aforementioned Mastodon split. I love it when bands display an aptitude for writing music that doesn't rely on vocals, and Millenarian is packed full of stellar rock 'n roll metal instrumental parts that exhibit this quality very well. But while the tracks have a large instrumental focus, American Heritage didn't waste any time with additional atmospherics or common acoustic noodling to try and round out their album. Though I do enjoy when bands excel in that area, I also really appreciate the fact that this CD has absolutely no filler. It is simply 36 straight minutes of momentum building metal with a strong rock mentality and nothing else. As I had never really enjoyed Mastodon's vocals, I was quite pleased at the first sound of the throaty Engineer-esque vocals on the album. Singing does occur briefly on the album, but it is just as dirty and throaty as the rest of the vocals, and is by no means a turn off. The production captures a superb dirty sound, giving the guitars enough low end crunch while not letting everything get all muddled in the mix. The only aspect that I'm not too terribly excited about is the dreadful song titles. However, I like to think that great music with awful song titles is a hell of a lot better than the other way around. Bottom Line: I would recommend this album to both those who love Mastodon and those who (Masto)don't. Though it may not fit under the "epic whale metal" moniker, Millenarian is an excellent straight-forward metal album with just enough southern rock groove and hardcore influence to appeal to many music fans across the board. This shit rocks.

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el_raderino_ 9/25/2006 2:04:56 PM

oh.

Dingle_Berry_ 9/25/2006 2:32:07 PM

I would recommend this album to both those who love Mastodon and those who (Masto)don't. <--- this pun has never been funny

Mike_ 9/25/2006 4:14:07 PM

I've been meaning to check this out. Those song titles are ridiculous.

huh_ 9/25/2006 4:30:00 PM

br00tal.

Urkelbot_ 9/25/2006 8:05:40 PM

haha, you said mastodon't

jamie_ 9/25/2006 8:36:14 PM

f*ck this band for putting the marine barracks on their cover

din_ 9/25/2006 9:14:04 PM

(MASTO)DON'T! WHAT A gay

anonymous 9/26/2006 10:13:47 AM

are you a mastadon or a mastadont!

drew_ 9/26/2006 10:19:03 AM

mastodontist. american heritage has always been awesome. track down their split with fOE and art of burning water.

wes_ 9/26/2006 4:41:05 PM

"epic whale metal" haha classic

dibky_ 9/26/2006 9:36:47 PM

good stuff for sure. 1min into the 1st song gives me a boner.

Fex Med_ 9/27/2006 12:07:56 AM

This isn't as good as Maston(don't). But it is good, I don't want str8 forward southern metal usually, I want tech. I'd rather listen to DOWN or TAINT if I wanted straight forward stuff.

methmouth_ 9/27/2006 2:24:44 PM

i dunno... kind of boring and sloppy if you ask me...

sexyman_ 9/27/2006 2:25:24 PM

nick, don't be a tard. oh wait, too late.

ashas_ 9/30/2006 4:40:11 PM

well.. oustanding live band, i have to say.. when i saw them i totally like the tunes, but couldn't remember a single one .. the way they swirle from riff to riff, or from theme to theme is ridicilous. i didn't get this new one yet, but i know for a fact that you can expect only class a stuff from these guys... can't wait to check it out...

wizardsbeard_ 9/30/2006 6:36:23 PM

"Axes of Evil" is a 3 Inches of Blood song title. True fact.

Miguel_ 2/21/2008 3:09:41 PM

American Heritage is sloppy? These guys are tight; unfortunately we can't say the same about your mother.