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Shank Factory

by Shank Factory

Are you ready for the deadliest battle in human history? Welcome the The Shank Factory!
Genre: Rock: Rock opera
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1. Alien Virus
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2. Creeps Like Me
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3. I Can't Stop
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4. All Aboard
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5. Something for Your Head
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6. March of the Shankenites
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7. Line 15
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8. Work That Shank
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9. All You Need
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10. Helicopter
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11. Entity
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The year is 2025.
After being observed for
countless millennium
the Aliens decided to take
care of Mans biggest obsession,
The Shank!

During the epic battle for virility,
they unleashed the virus which rendered
the male utensils useless.
But alas, man's never-ending
industrialism and desire came to the rescue!
A state of the art production facility
was built, in a highly secret location.

At first few were awarded the chance
to board the Shanktrain, tour The Factory,
and be fitted for the new devices.

After intense Reasearch and development,
along with extensive product testing,
The Shank Factory was
ready to run at full production!
Soon sales were soaring
and order was restored!
Harmony between the genders
was once again possible.
But for how long............

Join us for an adventure of
mans unspeakable destruction,
his re-construction and
ultimate satisfaction....
Welcome to........


The Shank Factory


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Dave Dillett

The Power of the Shank Compels You
I've always been a fan of great concept albums. There's just something about slapping on a pair of headphones and letting the imaginations and talents of a band or artist tell a nice, long story. More plentiful in a simpler time, when short attention spans didn't get in the way of listening to an album straight through, the format of the full-length concept album fell into disfavor and releases in this category became fewer and farther between. As a fan of great concept albums, I can appreciate the recent resurgence. Standouts include Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick, Part 2", Alice Cooper's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" and now, "Shank Factory". Yes, "Shank Factory" is, in my opinion, a great concept album.
All the criteria have been met - and then some.
I'm not going to give you a background on the story. You can read that here on the CD Baby site, or go to theshankfactory.com if you want a quick synopsis. What I will do is tell you what I think makes for the most effective approach for telling a story in the concept album format; which, I believe, this band has done wonderfully. Rule 1: Appreciate the fact that your listeners, themselves, are imaginative, intelligent individuals that don't need to be force-fed, chapter and verse, a minute by minute narrative of the tale. Shank Factory understands this. The world they've created is sketched out just enough to give our minds a jumping off point, with plenty of room to run and play. As for me, an unspoken subplot concerning the conspiratorial power players behind the scenes sprang to mind after the first listen*. (*Your actual imagination may vary.)This kind of defeats the purpose of the concept album format, folks. The piece is intended to be taken in one big dose and then reflected upon. Musically, the influences present run a wide range of styles. This is another hallmark of what makes a great concept album "great". The musicians here each bring their formidable talents to bear and give us rock, metal, jazz, funk, rap and some others I probably haven't yet found. Most important is that these different styles don't fight each other for your attention. The flow from one song to the next is seamless and unjarring, never once interfering with the tale being told - only serving it.
Production is top flight on this release. Personally, I'm a metal fan and those moments when the punch had to be delivered are quite satisfyingly brutal. The moments that call for a more subtle engineering approach are also deftly handled.
Overall, "Shank Factory" is an entirely entrtaining experiance, through and through. I only wish I could tell you who's behind its creation and execution. I would seriously be putting myself in jeopardy if I was foolish enough to do that. They're monitoring me even as I type this. Perhaps I've said too much already...

Dave Dillett

The Power of the Shank Compels You
I've always enjoyed great concept albums. There's nothing quite like slapping on a pair of headphones and allowing a band or artist to lead one through an epic musical story, well-told. Sadly, such things as dwindling attention spans and single-track purchase capability have helped bring about fewer of these releases in recent years. However, there has been a resurgence nevertheless. Witness Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick, Pt. 2", Alice Cooper's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", and now, "Shank Factory".
"Shank Factory" is a great concept album.
I won't give you a re-hash of the story because that's easily found here on this site, as well as the Shank Factory website. However, story is important. It's what defines a release like this. The best bands know that their target audience is intelligent and imaginative and therefore only lay down an outline, or sketch of the world they've created, allowing the listener's mind plenty of space to run and play. Shank Factory understands that well. I had no problem seeing an entire subtext involving shadowy, conspiratorial power-players, puppeteering the general population and manipulating the fate of the planet - perhaps from the beginning. Of course, your actual imagination's results may vary.
But what of the music itself? No, I'm not going to bullet-point, track by track and break this apart. This approach is counter to the format. A concept album is designed to be taken in one dose, front-to-back, and then reflected upon. Once again, today's fast-paced, busy world discourages this sort of listening session, but do enjoy "Shank Factory", in its entirety, if you can. What you'll find is amazing. The band brings to the table formidable musicianship, displayed in a diverse range of styles, some of which defy my ability to pinpoint. Rock and metal are at the forefront, but the listener will also find funk, rap, prog, jazzy swing and many other flavors present. The music flows easily from track to track and not once does it feel like a style is shoehorned into the mix or in competition with another part musically.
The engineering on this disk is also remarkable. The metal delivered is satisfyingly brutal, while softer passages and soaring vocal harmonies are deftly handled with the finesse required. From the music to the spoken words, everything is in its proper place and just as it should be.
What's more, the entire um...package is delivered with a sense of humor that would make Zappa proud.
I only wish I could name the talented people who created this project. For the masses, however, they shall remain Shank Factory employees. I, for one, am not foolish enough to divulge secret information that might jeopardize my - what's that? Of couse, but I....Alright. Fine.
I've just been told that I may have said too much already.