Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan are definitely best buds. Especially when considering how Sanders and Puciato worked together on Killer Be Killed. Now, we have Brent Hinds and Ben Weinman joining forces with Alice In Chains’ William DuVall, Dethklok’s Pete Griffin and The Mars Volta’s Thomas Pridgen in an all-star emulsion known as Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. As far as first impressions go, Broken Lines is as good as they get in 2016.
It isn’t hard to give Giraffe Tongue credit for the consistency and production values defining each and every song on their debut. From the beginning of Adapt Or Die, the band cut to the chase without overdoing it. That doesn’t prevent them from exploring a range of different styles, including funk, alternative, prog, punk and sludge. From the upbeat vibes on Blood Moon and Everyone Gets Everything They Really Want, to bangers like Crucifixion and Back to the Light, Giraffe Tongue’s diversity makes each song a standout.
Considering all five members are from acclaimed bands, a quality album wasn’t to be unexpected. That said, you won’t find a full-on heavy metal LP in Broken Lines, but there are plenty of elements to yank you by the ear and keep you hooked for quite some time.
Listen to and purchase Broken Lines at http://www.giraffetongueorchestra.com/