“Brainwreck”, the debut album from Boston’s Ramming Speed, spends little time allowing the listener to come up for air. Smothered in aggression, this molten slab of metal draws from not only from American thrash bands of the past, but also tastefully pulls from the heaviness of crust punk and the blinding rage of grind. Pepper the mix with beer soaked rock n roll licks and you have the shape of underground metal to come.
Playing their first show in January of ’07, Ramming Speed have since loaded into just over 250 basements, living rooms and piss stained bars around the US. While the band’s first release, the “Full Speed Ahead” 7”, touched on issues such as pizza parties and fake tan smell-good girls, the band returned home from heavy touring with a different mind set. Ramming Speed experienced in six weeks what many bands never come across in a life time. There was the inevitable van break down in the middle of the desert on one day, the band being filmed for LA reality tv show “Beach Patrol” the next, and two evenings later the whole gang was arrested at gun point out side San Francisco for suspected kidnapping (charges were later dropped). These experiences merely scratch the surface of a tour that also included riot cops and a Hells Angels 4th of July party. The quintet eventually arrived back in Boston road hardened and ready to write a pissed off, fast fucking record.
This time around the music and lyrics are far more aggressive and poignant. Topics covered include American xenophobia, terrorist paranoia, and the metal scene’s aversion to politics. Musically, the metal begins to grind just as hard as it thrashes, taking nods from genre defining bands like Napalm Death and Terrorizer. Read close and you’ll still find party thrash anthems about a zombie killing lawyer and Thor’s hammer, but this is by no means a flash in the pan revival band. This is the mixture of two decades worth of metal, punk, and hardcore mangled into thirteen short, fast, and loud songs.
Ramming Speed - Brainwreck 12"
BPR-02 Limited to 1000 copies: 1st Press: 500 Black hand numbered / 2nd Press: 300 Green / 3rd Press: 200 Gray Marble
‘Brainwreck’, by Boston’s new thrash heroes, Ramming Speed, was recorded at New Alliance Studios (Isis, Converge, Bones Brigade) and released earlier this year via TDB Records. Available on wax exclusively through Brutal Panda, the record has been mastered for maximum speed and optimal sound using a vinyl-specific album master at Prairie Cat Mastering. It is strictly limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, each with a full color Ramming Speed poster insert and hypersonic neon green jackets. Due to the tremendous demand, a second pressing in neon green and with updated artwork has been made available, limited to 300.
What people are saying about Ramming Speed’s Brainwreck:
‘Fans of classic acts like Napalm Death, Slayer, Discharge, and Testament and time-tested activities like eating pizza and drinking beer will find a lot of good times in Ramming Speed…If you’re going to revive old musical styles and pay homage to the classics, you better make it feel authentic and you better make it entertaining. And luckily, Ramming Speed has done just that.’ – 7/10 Lambgoat.com
‘With its thrash riffing, crustcore blast beats and death metal gurgling (circa Entombed’s Left Hand Path), it’s a veritable cesspool of extremities fornicating in their own filth and vomit. And just when it seems as if they couldn’t become any more disgustingly brutal, a wave of Black Flag-ish hardcore washes over the sullen mess with epic chant-along choruses.’
‘a thirty-minute rush of pure punk-fueled thrash goodness’
‘…29 minutes of bare-bones basement thrash.’ – 7/10 Decibel
‘don your denim jacket, get this album, crank it up all the way, and rock out until you see double. Say hello to Ramming Speed and goodbye to your brain cells!’