Al's Toy Barn are a band from Australia that plays a mixture of grindcore, power violence, screamo and punk and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2014 ep.
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams and after awhile the music gets more brutal along with some fast riffing and blast beats as well as bringing in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the songs are very short in length with the longest being close to 3 minutes.
The screams have a black metal feeling to t hem at times and the music combines a variety of many different musical genres together and once leads are added into the music they bring a more post hardcore feeling to the bands musical sound and the vocals on the last track use more anger and shouts as well as adding in a few seconds of clean guitars which gives the music a more emo feeling.
Al's Toy Barn create a very original sound with their music taking the raw aggression of grindcore and power violence and mixing it in with the energy of punk rock and the melody of screamo and post hardcore to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover humorous themes.
In my opinion Al's Toy Barn are a very great sounding mixture of grindcore, power violence, punk and screamo and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Guilt Trip" "Free Parking" and "Force 7". 8 out of 10.