Into the Mouth of Bad(d)ness by Brown Brigade

Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness (Aquarius)

There are doubtless those who would argue that guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh committed career suicide when he quit the multiplatinum-selling Sum 41 last year to focus on Brown Brigade, the metal-minded project he had started with his cousin, bassist Vaughn Lal. After all, any band that includes a note-for-note copy of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" on its debut album probably doesn't have a hope in hell of nudging the Sums' populist punk-pop off the charts.

On the other hand, it's easy to see how Baksh could grow frustrated with his former band's by-the-numbers approach while longing to craft old-school thrash workouts instead. And–despite the odd, misguided nod to rap-rock ("E2 the F [Homeboy]") or hard funk ("Down With Brown")–that's precisely what Brown Brigade delivers. Tracks such as "Purebread" and "Last Writes (Thusfarvolume1)" are unalloyed, fist-pumping heavy metal, with Baksh trading scorching six-string salvos with since-departed guitarist Craig Pattison. Most of Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness will resonate with anyone who ever wore out a cassette copy of The Number of the Beast, but those who prefer Does This Look Infected? won't quite get it.