Wednesday 12 September 2012

C.F.A. - Managed By The Devil, Brought To You By The Grace Of God - Review

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C.F.A. – (Cody Foster Army) - is a Hardcore Punk/Sludge/Stoner Rock Band from USA

The members are

Cody Foster: Bass/Vox
Dave Takata: Guitar/Voice
David Marseillan: Drums

C.F.A. is a hard rocking Stoner Rock band mixing elements of Hardcore Punk and Sludge Metal to their music. But they add a great social conscience to the mix as times as well.

Their new album - Managed By The Devil, Brought To You By The Grace Of God - is a 16 song collection of great tunes that runs for under 43 mins or so. The album has been produced by Tony Reed of ace Stoner Rockers – Mos Generator and Stone Axe. And is being released by brilliant record label – Ripple Music.

Ripple Music are starting to get a great collection of bands together under their wing. And releasing some fine albums. This is another winner for Ripple Music and Tony Reed to be involved in.

As C.F.A. have a fresh sound that should appeal to all fans of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. Incorporating Sludge Metal/Stoner Rock with a Hardcore Punk vibe is not a new thing. But most bands don’t sound as fresh or as original as what C.F.A do.

Their blend of fast and furious hardcore punk/stoner rock riffs blended with the fury and intensity of Sludge Metal make C.F.A. a band you cannot ignore.

The album gets straight down to business with Never Free. A 2:48 minute calling card to the listener that you’re in for a wild ride. So buckle up as the next 43 minutes is going to be loud, chaotic, and angry but a whole load of fun as well.

C.F.A’s lyrics are spliced with some great social commentary at times that you will either agree with or make you think what the guys are actually passionate about.

But that doesn’t distract you from the top-notch music and great riffs on show. This is an album you will love from the first listen. Most of the songs run for less than 2.30 minutes while the longest one is 4 mins. So most of the songs are straight to the point with the great riffs following soon after.

Especially on great tracks – Third Side, Apple, Sons Of The Soil, Built Up Knocked Down and Inhabit. All sublime tracks showing what this band does so brilliantly well.

Fast Paced Stoner Rock/Sludge Metal that goes straight for the jugular. There is no messing about from these guys. They know what has to be done and nobody is going to tell them otherwise.

The guys do include two covers – Creedence Clearwater Revival classic – Fortunate Son where they turn that classic into a Sludge/Stoner Rock sing-along. It doesn’t deviate much from the original but it’s still a great cover.

It’s there other cover where the guys turn a classic song into their very own.. Bob Marley classic – Iron Lion Zion is given the C.F.A make over. Believe me C.F.A.’s version is a wonderful version in its own right. It’s probably the loudest and angriest version I have heard and I have heard a few versions over the years. But C.F.A’s version is the best one I have heard so far.

This album is worth the purchase for that cover alone. Brilliant. This album shows what great musicians C.F.A. actually are. They don’t care for progressive riffs they just play the music how they want to play. More akin to a Garage Rock/Punk Rock band of the 1970’s.

If C.F.A were around in the 70s they would have been considered one of the defining Punk Rock/Hard Rock bands of the era. But they are a band very much in our time frame. And one I hope will get a lot more exposure.

They have the talent and songs to kick-start a revolution of their very own for world domination

Hopefully this album will propel them that little bit closer to the big time as everybody should check out this band right now.

A true talent has arrived and they are here to stay.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

You can buy - Managed By The Devil, Brought To You By The Grace Of God - on October 23rd 2012 from Ripple Music

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