Oakland's primary peddlers of traditional metal mixed with tinges of stoner and thrash exhibit enough catchy riffs on their latest outing to prompt even the most modest metalhead to rip out quasi-air guitar solos while driving around Missoula. Well, at least that's what happened to me after spinning this a few times.
Seriously though, Accelerated Living overflows with nearly flawless epic riffs and storming buildups, especially on opener "Acid Hand," which starts with a hefty gallop, only to break into thrash tempo just over three minutes in. You'll find a number of guitar solos too, but they never become too self-indulgent and flow exceptionally well with the underlying guttural grooves of each song. Couple that with guitarist/vocalist Austin Barber's lyrics that touch on, well, standard fare for old school metal like the apocalypse, paganism, demons and other meaty ingredients.
It's probably a bit much to bat around the term "album of the year," but Accelerated Living undoubtedly deserves a position as one of the top metal releases of 2009.