If Motorhead and the Sex Pistols had a bastard child, it might sound like France's Eight of Spades. Throw in a helping of some old-fashioned speed metal, maybe even some hardcore, and their sound is rounding out. On their second work Driven by Hate, Eight of Spades brings all these dynamics. Oh yeah, the punk anger is there too. However, as usual you're not quite sure what these Frenchmen are so pissed about. Some bad wine or maybe the fact that the French government wants to raise the official retirement age?
Call it punk thrash or maybe speed punk metal. You could make a case for 'death n roll' thanks to JPouille's grisly vocals. What you can say is that Eight of Spades definitely kicks out the jams on this platter. The pace is blistering and generally unrelenting from beginning to end. No stop signs or speed limits here. Good production makes every song sound rough and tumble raw, especially fro the bass and drums. Most songs are punk raucous like Revolt, Survive, or Driven by Hate. Some come closer to traditional, but fast, heavy metal like March of the Lambs or Ride. Then some tunes simply fall flat: I expected more from Take It, Destroy, and especially the namesake Eight of Spades. Overall, however, Eight of Spades' Driven by Hate nails the whole speed punk thrash genre with real enthusiasm and accuracy. Check it out.
Eight of Spades' Driven by Hate nails the whole speed punk thrash genre with real enthusiasm and accuracy. Check it out.