Laugh at the Fakes – Dethrone the Crown
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Whenever something gets on my radar that receives too many positive accolades or too much praise; whether its people, places, foods, music, movies, etc…. I become wary of it, because I am cynical and have been burned one too many times. In fact, I become so disinterested that I tend to walk away from it as to allow my colorful Mandrill-like-behind to be displayed proudly to show that I’m rejecting the object. However, I have had to rethink my rigid and judgmental behavior with Toronto’s Laugh at the Fakes and their debut full-length, Dethrone the Crown.
They have given us something of a gift and I am betting you will feel as I have that each track is like opening your presents on Christmas morning. This is metal in its purest and untouched glory. Everett Mason (guitar, vocals), Galen Weir (bass), Kevin Daliri (guitar) and Chris Avalos (drums) are already masters of their craft. Which makes me wonder if my brain will explode in five years when they have been at it a while longer? Where will they go from here? Now, I listen to a lot of music, I mean a shitload of different music, and that coupled with how many bands I have heard over the years gives me the right to lay claim on knowing about some of which I speak. But, Laugh at the Fakes has made me remember why I enjoy reviewing bands in the first place.
I want to call them mind-blowing, from the shear awesomeness of the first track: “Not Like Me”, to the last seconds of the title track “Dethrone the Crown”. It is like having sex on a bed of marshmallows while being licked by kittens. It makes me happy, and I cannot stand to be happy! They are kicking asses and have taken names, I’d even venture so far to say that they have beaten Metallica at their own game. And all the rock Gods of whom the foundation of metal was built better watch out.
On the topic of age much has been written about these guys still being a bit “green,” but let’s not forget that when Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and Led Zeppelin, (to name a few) hit it big, they were very young. And those giants all have proven staying power.
Laugh at the Fakes have touched all the bases in vocals, fine guitar and bass work, drumming that gives you goose bumps and there is even a hint of classical overtones, I won’t tell you where they appear I suggest you hunt for them on your own. “Killing Time” is instantly infectious, “Fighting Dirty” has shades of proggy groove, “Harmonica Playing Man” has a beautiful eloquence, and “Dethrone the Crown”, with its sharp-edged brutality, could be King Joffrey’s anthem (Well…, before he was poisoned). Side note: I have been lucky enough to receive the lyrics to these songs, and they are poetic perfection. Which is a rarity, as let’s face it, some lyrics are tough to connect with.
Dethrone the Crown is thrashy, melodic, and addictive with inspired vocals and crisp riffs. Laugh at the Fakes understand how to craft catchy songs without sacrificing heaviness. All of which leads me to a difficult task on how do I possibly rate perfection? For starters my system stops at 10 because…well…there usually is no point in going past that. I not only give them a 10 out of 10 fist pumps… Entity says check them out…Twice!
So that way I can give them a 20?