On Music for the Last Day of Your Life, Dragpipe unleash a furry of screaming vocals and screeching guitars. But that's where it ends: with lacking musical depth and dexterity, the songs lag from one track to the next. There is no change in musical structure, power chords abound, and the solos do not reach at all for any type of attempt at displaying musical prowess.
"The Cruise" is quick thrash of guitar and scream, with a solo mimicking the vocal melody. As with "Seeds of Change," the vocals show no signs of change or willingness to roam the possible range that Jai Diablo seems to hint at having. "Simple Minded" has the most "catchy" feel to it - the chorus has a simple melody that has that easy-to-remember sound to itů but the bridge has a halting, screeching vocal that drags the flow of the song right into the ground.
There aren't really too many changes in guitar sound. It seems as though the same settings and effects are used for every song, and it takes away from the album as a whole, keeping each track from standing out on its own. The same goes for the high-pitched guitar inros, filled with feedback and crackling harmonic. However, for the band that Dragpipe is, a heavy, rocking band that utilized the fuel and intensity that bands in this genre tend to take advantage of, there is definitely a feeling of sincere intensity.
The song "Fountain of Pain" does take a step back, and explores the softer side of heavy rock. It's a dark, heavy, almost dirge-like song, with gravelly vocals and an atmospheric guitar roaming in the background. The chorus picks up a bit, moving the song nicely into a more heavy section. It definitely gives the album a deserved break, cutting the continuous rock down for a moment to change the tone for a bit. Up until this point, there was no change in direction or tone.
The same goes for "Playing for Keeps." It's a fast-paced, bass-driven song, rolling up and down with quickness and succinct delivery. Dragpipe do not pull any punches on this album, but a barrage of the same jabs doesn't win a match. With almost no change in musical tempo or direction, the album gets dull quickly.
Tom Fraher is a Contributing Writer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.