CAME FOR THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, STAYED FOR THE JAG PANZER
Like every wise metal listener, I heeded Axl’s advice on Monday to get over to AOL for a free spin of The Human Abs Tract’s forthcoming collection of mega-jamz. A bit later, once I returned my thoroughly fucked face to its position atop my neck and cleansed it of A.J. Minette and crew’s milky load, a click or two led me down the queue to a free stream of Jag Panzer’s first record since 2004, The Scourge of the Light (you listen here now). I’ve only admired the Colorado quintet from afar for their contribution of studly guitarist Chris Broderick to Megadeth in 2008, for 2000’s nerdy Macbeth-based concept album Thane To The Throne, and also for their possession of the teeming confidence necessary to have such an easily mockable band name. (Srsly so easy.) Now I admire them from about two inches away from their ballz cuz Scourge is epic American power metal made exceptional by eminently sing-able choruses, themes of frustrated humanism, and impactful, genre-busting restraint. Click here and U R JAMMING!
Jag Panzer’s first post-Chris Broderick record, The Scourge of the Light, is out today on Steamhammer/SPV. Order your CD, digital copy, and 2xLP here.