What happens when 5 mentally ill people come together to make music and protest against the Bush Administration?
This is definitely one of the most original bands that I have ever come across and trust me, that's a good thing. Everything from their name to their sense of humor shows their complexity. But this kind of band doesn't just pop up over night. It took time and skill to pull together this super band. The talent behind them is enormous and speaks for itself. So where do you start to explain Chickenlab? Is it even possible? I don't know, but I'll tell you what I do know. 13 drummers and 20 singers later, we have what is currently know as Chickenlab and they're here to not only give us good music but show bands that you don't need to take yourselves so seriously in this industry. They have completed their debut album, The Lone Star Scam and they're working on some other things. So, that about sums it all up. They're the new wave of musicians that are in it for the love of music. Their fit is perfect and their sound is even better. Welcome to the world of Chickenlab.
-Chanita Davis www.maliciousbitch.com
They are awesome it reminds me of a cross between Primus and
System of a Down with a country twist.
--Whitey, Rock 96.5 WWCT Peoria IL,
chickenlab: The Lone Star Scam (4.5 out of 5 stars)
If you're seeking a spark to warm your little hard-rocking hearts, be careful: this one might burn your house down. It's original, humorous, full of surprises, and simply rocks. If System of a Down convinced you there was life beyond the same tired metal and grunge, let chickenlab show you what a little genetic engineering can do.
While stretched around a solid, driving rock/metal framework, the music knows no bounds. I almost want to call it Metal Opera, but that sounds too sissy. It's full of great hard-rocking scream-alongs, giving way to harmonious cooling-off periods, or meandering into a completely different style. It's full of changes, and never overplays itself. The musicianship is obvious.
The lyrics are generally just as original, creative, amusing, sometimes even catchy. A dominant theme is political; fortunately, anyone smart and informed enough to understand it will not be offended. If there is a weak point to the CD, however, it is Track 6. It's just crude and juvenile, and I usually skip it. But I guess it can't all be cutting socially relevant and sarcastic commentary.
Overall the album is excellent, probably the best new music I've heard this year. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a taste for excellent musicianship and talent applied to the new breed of metal and a biting tongue. You won't be disappointed.
- Fritz Capell, http://www.stoneruins.com
This Cd is Round!
This is no ordinary band, this band is something that'll make you think twice before blowing them off.
Hailing from Elmwood, Chickenlab is definitely one of the better bands in Central Illinois. They display an awesome array of genres. And judging by the way they can blend those genres together, these guys are definitely not talentless. To show you what I mean: metal, punk, experimental, rock and yes... country are combined perfectly, which is no easy task. They mix music with fun. Their guitar riffs can be a bit goofy, but do not underestimate, they are energetic and extremely catchy as well. To add to it, their lyrics can range from serious, to the funniest they can be. They've got talent. They may have what it takes to be the next Central Illinois superstars, following Mudvayne, but in a less serious manner of course.
--Matt K. www.crowscagepd.cjb.net.
I really like the intro to #3 and #8 then it gets too loud