MPR Review Of Planet Graveyard-Mighty Master (by Joshua Kruszyna)

At it’s core, metal has always been about rebellion. Throughout the ages, metal songs have conveyed various messages about giving the one-finger salute to society, the government, and common decency itself. Metal cares not for coddling your sensibilities, and Planet Graveyard is a band that embraces this wholeheartedly. This beastly metalcore trio has been delivering shrewd and rude metalcore for over 10 years as of the posting of this review! Today we will be taking a look at their full-length release, “Mighty Master.”   

The raucous rampage begins with “Sunday Morning Blues,” a hardcore-groove-metal anthem about raging at life in your apartment, pissing off your neighbors in the process. I think we can all relate with hating the hand we’ve been dealt at least at some point in our lives, and the frenetic vocals and energy of the song convey this feeling with raw aggression and a tinge of humor. Next up is “Voyeurboy,” a song that I’m assuming is about a creepy, jealous fan..? Either way, the simple yet driving guitar work and vocals that alternate between hardcore shouting and deep gutturals keep things moving at a solid click. Track 3, “Goatman,” is a timeless tale of a Grinch-like character who comes down from the mountain to feast upon the women and children, and is apparently the..chosen one? I love the controlled randomness that Planet Graveyard has managed to deliver so far, as well as their meat-and-potatoes hardcore-punk infused sound. The next track, “Albatross,” has one of my favorite riffs on the album – it’s big and chunky, yet mysteriously graceful, much like the animal the track is named for. The lyrics tell the tale of a ship’s captain who is punished for striking down the rare bird, and his quest to escape justice and make it home alive. Definitely a standout song on the record for me.   

The title track takes center stage next, and delivers chugs aplenty. Very similar to what came before, but is an effective showcase of what Planet Graveyard is all about, as any good title track should be. Track 6, “Righteous Fuck,” is the shortest song on the album – a one minute 40 second that is little more than an instrumental, alternating between clean alternate picking and an aggressive riff, all while the singer sporadically shouts the name of the song. I appreciate the attempt to mix things up with the clean guitar, but so far these guys, while thoroughly entertaining, have yet to showcase dynamic song-writing. Track 7, “Artifact,” doesn’t buck this trend, but it does up the tempo considerably. Despite my previous comment, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t having a good time. The next ditty, “Dudits,” is probably the heaviest song yet, thanks in part to the grimy guitar riff and a song that I’m (assuming) is about a superhero falling to the darkside. Pretty cool shit, but it’s almost immediately topped by it’s successor, “Your Gods Are Dead.” The title pretty much says it all! The last two tracks, “Coward” and “Moral Conundrum,” serve as a solid summation of all that has come before, delivering a satisfying end to this wild ride with more of what I’ve come to expect. 

  With “Mighty Master,” Planet Graveyard have yielded an album that rebels against your sensibilities and expectations. Despite the lack of musical variety, it’s so refreshing to hear a brand that is confident enough in their style that they’re not afraid to have a bit of fun, while still not totally veering off into parody territory. If you like hardcore-punk-tinged metal that doesn’t take itself to seriously, make sure to check out https://planetgraveyard.bandcamp.com/album/mighty-master

Overall Sound – 8 out of 10 (straight forward hardcore-punk with some groove metal tendencies)

Overall Vocal Style – 7 out of 10 (hardcore shouting and guttural growls compose almost the entire vocal range of this album)

Overall Song Composition – 7 out of 10 (fun, sometimes light-headed, but unfortunately a bit same-y)

Originality – 8 out of 10 (the somewhat light-hearted subject matter of the lyrics contrasted with this style of music helps give the album its own identity)

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