Cruel Bomb - Man Made
With the release of their latest EP, Man Made, the third since they formed in 2018, this Wilkes Barre, PA three-piece have really hit the nail on the head. While their previous two EP’s were outstanding in their own right, they’ve upped their game in the production department this time with a crisper, fuller sound. After setting the tone with the 51 second instrumental “Keystone Mosh”, they blast through the door with “Dogs Of War”, a breakneck paced tune with churning guitars and some great instrumental breaks including a killer guitar solo. The aggressiveness continues with “Bombed Squad”, but towards the end of the song things slow down a bit and settle into a nice heavy groove. With “Stronger Than Yesterday” they maintain that groove sounding a little less thrash and a little more hard rock before kicking it into high gear again with closer “A-10”, an album standout that beats you over the head at times, but then has some great breakdowns. There is an impressive sense of melody throughout the EP with vocals that are aggressive and in-your-face, but still fairly clean, and there are some great gang-like chants in the choruses throughout. Man Made is a great EP that is one step forward for Cruel Bomb, and one that has me really looking forward to the next.