A long time in the making, American Me’s new album III has finally come to life. To summarize this album perfectly, if you like American Me, then you will like this album. If you are not a fan of them, then it will do nothing to change your mind. This album contains the same kind of rapidly played tracks that make them stand apart from other bands in their genre.
Like a caramel-covered apple filled with glass shards, III is sweet, short-lived, and brutal as hell. However, one thing that it lacks at right away is the first two songs, “Dark Days” and “Broken Moral Compass,” don’t really grab your attention like older intro tracks such as “Human Traffiker” or “Attribute to the Strong.” While they’re not terrible tracks, they have more of a mid-album filler feel to them. “Dark Days” functions as an intro, which isn’t something most bands do when their album as a whole runs only around 30 minutes, but to each his own. It blends in perfectly with “Broken Moral Compass,” but there isn’t much at all that separates the two in terms of substance. It feels like a ripoff calling them two different songs when they could have easily been combined into a single track. However, there’s plenty of floor-punching goodness for you hardcore dancers out there.
“Submissioner” is where this album properly picks up. It’s got that signature beatdown sound that the band is well known for, and with guest vocals courtesy of Vincent Bennett from The Acacia Strain, it completes the brutality cycle. American Me are leaps and bounds above most other bands in their type of straightforward and heavy concrete hardcore music.
While their songs are pretty much all done in really short but sweet punk fashion, they never had any other type of relation to that genre. Not that it starts in “Zyklon B,” but the drums go into a punk spasm at one point. This track is one I wouldn’t care to ever hear again; it lacks substance and doesn’t have that standout feel to it.
The main problem with III is that these songs don’t have much of a signature, standout mood to them like their other two albums. A positive aspect that differs from the others is the mixing at the end of each track leads directly into the next track on the album, which is pretty cool. That being said, I don’t see this album being worth three years of waiting. If it had been released right after Siberian Death Machine, I wouldn’t be all that mad and would let it slide. It’s not a terrible album, but it’s not a shining example of hardcore either.