Poison Headache – “Poison Headache” (Metal Blade Records)
Poison Headache is metalcore crossover for the new age. If you like the fusion of punk and metal played aggressively by power trios then Phil Sgrosso (Wovenwar, As I Lay Dying), Andy Kutka (Internal Affairs) and Kyle Rosa (Thieves and Liars) have it all for you on this intense self titled debut. Motorhead, Agnostic Front, Entombed….their influences are all there on this OTT release that doesn’t hold back – quite the opposite in fact, as this heavy duty trio actually see how far they can take it to the extreme on songs like ‘Disclosure’, ‘Rot With Me’ and ‘Death’s Design’! Roaring vocals, dirty chainsaw guitars, monster chundering riffola, mayhemic solos – and just the right hint of dark melodies here n there take this abrasive piece of violent noise into the realms of something special with some real class thanks to the superb delivery by these guys. Written over the course of a few years given each musician’s involvement with their own projects, Poison Headache has evolved from a high school San Diego band into this fearsome beast guaranteed to bring menace to any sunshine neighborhood!