MADE IN CHINA: Vice
By Ania Glowacz
Dunedin is not a town normally associated with hard rock and heavy metal, but Made In China (via Dunedin) are totally doing their own thing – a modern version of ‘hard rock’ combining myriad influences and flavours and managing to make it new and yet familiar at the same time. Opener Ritual has a Metallica influence while the epic Crash starts off as a laid back beachy Pink Floyd-sounding number, and then ends up in Alice In Chains’ territory. Bite The Road manages to combine both Iron Maiden riffs and Alice’s vocals, certainly some good stuff going on here. Made In China combines members of Osmium and Ink Mathematics, but treat it as a totally new beast. Recorded and mixed in their hometown by band member Mike Holland (with help from Dan Cox and Dale Cotton) and mastered by Cotton. This album mixes different elements of rock and metal in a satisfying brew. There’s enough heaviness and plenty of dynamics, but without overload or overindulgence – despite key track Drive coming in at more than 12 minutes.