The cover art of Against The Grain’s new album ‘Cheated Death’ features a train with a dog’s skull screaming toward you with vicious intent. This imagery beautifully captures the savagery of the music on this new record. Known for speed rock infused with no fucks given attitude of punk, Against The Grain have seized the intensity and ferocity of their live performances on this twelve tracks of neck cracking rock.
The album opens with the balls out blitz of the title track “Cheated Death”. The song jumps into your phase with the pummeling drums of Rob Nowak and the punchy bass of Chris Nowak. The guitars of Nick Bellomo and Kyle Davis are raw and dripping with venomous overdive.
This album is packed with rusty hooks and relentless heavy riffs. Standout songs include the ragging “Sacrifice”, the bullet train brilliance of “No Sleep” and “Jaded and Faded”, and slow burning “Devils And Angels”. Hell, this whole album is a jam that needs to be cranked loud, proud, and often.
‘Cheated Death’ embodies the brutal salvation of rock music. The first listen assaults you with a fist full of throat punching rock. However, it is on the subsequent listens that you begin to appreciate the nuances that scream the honest love of heavy music that the members of Against The Grain live and breathe. You also gain an appreciation for the great mix and performance of the band on this recording. As the guitars wail and scream, you can clearly hear the rocking drums and chunking bass lines anchoring every tune. This album should be a mandatory listening for anyone who loves honest and blistering rock music.
Against The Grain delivers a freight-train of death defying speed rock on their new album called ‘Cheated Death’. The songs on this album infect your soul with righteous glory of hard charging rock and roll. Fans of Motorhead, Zeke, Orange Goblin, and High On Fire will rejoice in the take no prisoners approach of Against The Grain. This record should be on everyone’s play list.