Album Review

American Head Charge - Tango Umbrella
American Head Charge - Tango Umbrella

Now I have only seen this band live once and that gig was the way in which I also discovered them, the songs that won me over were “Loyalty”, “Seemless” and “Just So You Know”, cannot comment on the others as I never really gave their other material time of day because I absolutely loved those songs and in my teenage years I wasn’t as into hitting a band’s entire back catalogue like I am now.

Since diving deeper into the band’s history it’s like reading a really dramatic novel of death drugs and alcohol, it troubled them so much to the point that they disbanded between 2009 and 2011, which while this doesn’t seem long I had heard nothing from them since 2005’s The Feeding and thought they’d just disappeared then. None the less here we are 2016 and after an 11 year wait here we have a new full length album (discounting 2013’s Shoot EP). I’ve blasted it a fair few times by this point and I can only say the same as I have done about the rest of their albums, whilst a few jump out at me some of the rest are just too chaotic for me to get stuck in with. “Let All The World Believe” I will use as my basing point because that is the type of song that really sparked something inside me all those years ago; heavy, distorted, schizophrenic switches in tempo and tone, dominating and powerful chorus lines. “Drowning Under Everything” is another one on that comparative stick but not quite on the same level as is “Antidote”.

So to draw this thing to a close, perhaps I never really understood American Head Charge and their industrial influence, I’m much more a fan of their heavy lesser with a hint of industrial elements spliced in there. Check it out by all means but in my opinion this album is just decent with a few gems embedded.


Review by James Webb

 Band Members

Cameron Heacock
Chad Hanks
Karma Singh Cheema
Justin Fowler
 Track Listing

1. Let All The World Believe
2. Drowning Under Everything
3. Perfectionist
4. Sacred
5. I Will Have My Day
6. A King Among Men
7. Suffer Elegantly
8. Antidote
9. Prolific Catastrophe
10. Down And Depraved

 Band Related Links
American Head Charge Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?