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Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Tyrannosaurus Wreck: Tyrannosaurus Wreck

Reviewed by Darryl Kirk

Tyrannosaurus Wreck: Tyrannosaurus Wreck

Christchurch misfit three-piece Tyrannosaurus Wreck don’t muck about when it comes to their aesthetic and sonic blueprint they are working from. Difficult to read logo that would look at home in a slasher movie – check; song titles designed to pack in the tongue-in-cheek gore – check; no ballads, no sissy love songs – check; all over inside half an hour – check. With songs referencing Star Wars, The Walking Dead and Duke Nukem and other horror themes, the band, consisting of the aptly named Grunger on guitar and vocals, backed by Dan and Benny on drums and bass respectively, smash out a raw set of garage rock/punk/metal. If comparisons were to be drawn the names that float to the top of the cesspit would include Motörhead and Napalm Death. The brilliantly titled Slowly Digested Over 1,000 Yrs draws inspiration from Return of the Jedi. Meanwhile, Filthy Pig Scum is unlikely to win them any friends in the police force. The pace set by the band is punishing, no song clocks in over 3.10 and the shortest is a mere 57 seconds. Recorded at Nightshift Studio, the album has a dense feel with guitar and bass locking over enthusiastic drumming. Growling vocals and not entirely straight-faced lyrics bring to mind Christchurch metal legends Human. T’ Wreck are perhaps a little sloppy around the edges, but this juxtaposition of punk waywardness matched with their metal/thrash tendencies is a satisfying blend of genres.