SUPERMODEL TAXIDERMY

"At What Cost" (Punishment 18 Records; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Supermodel Taxidermy gets points first for their name, second for their old-school album cover, and finally because their thrash/hardcore crossover album, "At What Cost" kicks ass.

"At What Cost" kicks off with the short but salty "Wake Up" and then kicks things up a notch with the humorously titled "Exorcist for Beer" (which sounds like a TV show I would watch). The remaining eight tracks continue the trend, delivering rough and raw slabs of energetic punk/metal that, for whatever reason, made me think of bands like Municipal Waste and Gama Bomb.

Lyric quality is above-par here as well, with well-written tracks like the above-mentioned "Exorcist for Beer," "Blood Stained Dash," the cautionary "Subliminal" and the closer, "Death Dealer." The rawness of the recording adds an additional edge as well.

"At What Cost" is a solid and entertaining album that delivers exactly what you're looking for ... assuming, of course, that you're looking for a rough-edged crossover sound that hits you like a punch to the face.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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