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Artist Code Name
Album Bizarre Action Figures
Year 2006
Website http://www.myspace.com/codenamemusic

Bizarre Action Figures is the latest release for the Spanish band Code Name. The band's sound is very reminiscent of KMFDM in their heyday, though maybe a bit more industrial-metal.

Code Name borrows the name of their songs from horror movies (which I imagine will give them plenty of names to choose from before they run out). "La Muerte Viaje en Video" starts out the album, an industrial/metal-rock song with Spanish-sung male vocals, backed by female vocals, designed to immediately kickstart the album in full swing. "Killer Klowns" follows, which strongly reminds me of KMFDM in its mixture of male/female vocals, electronics and guitar. "Critters" mixes multiple male vocals and female vocals exquisitely, creating a vocally strong melody - the video for this song can be found in our video section. "Brain Damage" is a bit slower, a bit darker, almost ballad-like. "Lost Boys" has great harmony and interesting horn accents.

"Scanners", named for the literally mind-blowing movie, certainly keeps in tune with its namesake - screeching, angry vocals assault your ears, reminiscient of Judas Priest's frontman Rob Halford, read to split your mind apart. "Candyman" definitely take the tempo down a notch or two with deeper, slower vocals, almost dirge-like metal.

Following the main tracks are 5 remixes of previously released tracks and a remix of "Critters". The remixes are all rather good, but I especially liked track 12, "Turbo-Zombies Ultramasturbator remix by Kamao" for it's old-school mixing of electronics with the guitar-driven song. After such a fantastic track, it's a shame the album ends with the "Critters" remix by Ba2 DJ - just pretend the album ends before this track and all is good.

Code Name definitely have a great sound and know how to blend their vocals to perfection. The driving guitar and subtle electronics makes this a fine addition to listeners who enjoy industrial-rock/metal.


-legion

Rating 8 out of 10

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