Fresh, political and addictive. These are the words that first come to mind when listening to The future leaders of the world disk LVL IV. (Pronounced level 4) Produced by GGGarth (Rage, Chevelle and Mudvayne) the disk has savage teeth and they dig in fast & furious from the start.
I have to confess that I had not heard one lick from this group before I held their disk in my hands. I do have to say that I’m glad that I was accidentally subjected to their sonic campaign. From the first track I quickly became a partisan listener and by the third song I was absolutely fervid. I will definitely be telling others to check this one out because LVL IV kicks ass.
You see, this disk is not really just music — it is a campaign. Similar to the message of other bands like Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down, this is a campaign to transform and inform — an attack on your senses and your intellect. The campaign message is right up my alley too because it is all about the decline of western civilization and (like myself) ring leader Phil Tayler is looking for someone to blame.
On the closing track “Your Government Loves You”, Tayler screams:
“Though I saw a flag with stars and stripes
That stood for equal rights
Civil liberties pursuit of happiness in life
Now I know we’re all just hoes spokes on a wheel of fortune
Lost tones in a song eternal souls scorching”
Tayler, who sounds a bit like Wesley Reid Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd at times sends a message that is very clear, “WE ARE PISSED” and the emotions will be dripping from your speakers. If you are not a fan of Puddle of Mudd don’t let that stop you from checking this one out. Tayler is not just another Puddle/Nirvana clone, he sounds like he ate Scantlin and Cobain for breakfast and the guys are drowning in the acid of his stomach. The emotion and pain are real and you feel it in every pulse pounding beat of his fire-eating poetic delivery.
The song “Let me out” is an instant favorite because of this painfully, emotive delivery. Tayler slashes out and sums up their album as he screeches:
“Let me out, let me out I’m singing I’m a liar and a cheat in prison, Accused of telling the truth”
Now that the group has finally made it to major label status Tayler finally has his chance to share his opinions and he is out to convert. His message is clear that he wants to tell the world his opinion — and he believes — he KNOWS he’s right.
Another element this band has right is the ability to simply kick out the jams even if you are not into politics and saving the world. Crank it baby, just crank it and you will be left begging for more.
The FLOTW attacks cover everything from our government leadership (Your government loves you) to the sad state of the music industry (Kill pop) and the campaign is furious. Taylor leads his bandmates to the fight and he is guaranteed to win because this particular attack ad simply rocks.
Winning tracks on this disc are Unite, Spotlight, Let Me Out, Kill Pop and For Sale.
Sample the tunes on their web site and watch the new video for “Let me out” by clicking here.
Length: 90% (Only 10 songs – could have been better)
Total score: 94% out of 100%