Psychostick are back with their fourth album called "IV: Revenge of the Vengeance".
Psychostick describe themselves as "humorcore" (with influences of pizza, nachos, dark beers, The Simpsons, and sleeping in late) and I agree with that but at the same time I must say that although they are lyrically rich in humor I also think that the instrumental portions on the album are very good and that Psychostick's sound has matured over the years.
I have liked Psychostick since the first time I heard the song “Beer”, of that simple reason that I love metal and beers!
And I must say that this new album does not disappoint me.
Every track on the album is entertaining and in my opinion this is likely their best, funniest and heaviest album to date.
Just check out the song "So. Heavy." and you will hear what I mean, the song is a great parody of the perceived "heaviness" of deathcore music, particularly the extremely low guitar tunings and the breakdown in the song is propbably the slowest you have ever heard.
All the songs are great and funny and if you listen to the whole album you will hear that Psychostick often makes use of short skits between songs that is very entertaining.
Other great songs that I personally lika are the amazing song "Obey the Beard" (Check out the video, made me laugh a lot), "Dogs Like Socks" (Also worth checking out the video), "Quack Kills", a song that is a reference to anatidaephobia - the fictional fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you, an amazing funny song that makes me think about Gary Larson's "The Far Side", the song "NSFW" that is a crazy song that is almost entirely composed of variations of the word "fuck", the cool cover the Kenny Loggins song from Top Gun called "Danger Zone", that also features a mumbled rendition of "Take My Breath Away" at the end, and finally of course the song "Bruce Campbell" just because that every band needs a Bruce Campbell song.
So overall I must say that Psychostick has put together a really great album with lyrics that will make you laugh from beginning to end and they are doing this to some really cool heavy metal riffs.
Does Humor Belong in Music, did Zappa once asked, the answer to that question is YES! So what are you waiting for, go check it out!
This is the best studio album from Psychostick so far. Seriously. I think I'll go put it on now. Again.