"Abbey Load"

By Dark Starr

I’ve loved Beatallica since I first heard them. So, when I got this disc, I was pretty excited. I mean, their mash-up of The Beatles with Metallica is great fun – and it rocks. At first, though, I was disappointed here. To me, the first few songs were just a little too “by the numbers.” For the most part (the main exception being “Michelle”), the first half (or so) of the album just gives a raw metal infusion to Beatles tunes. Lesser bands could do that. After all, this is the mighty Beatallica. As it continues, though, they find their music and really pull it off. That chalks this one up well in the victory column. I’d say that it’s not really their best release, but it’s still quite worthy of the Beatallica name.
“Come Together” was always one of the Beatles’ harder rocking tunes, so it seems a given for Beatallica. Well, they put in a killer rendition. It’s got that Metallica fire and fury combined with the original riffs and more. It starts things off in fine fashion.  With “I Saw Her Standing There” we get a pretty typical straight ahead Beatallica take on the Beatles cut. It’s a good one, but there aren’t any real surprises on the tune.
Musically “Michelle” is “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” but it features the lyrics for “Michelle.” Well, at least that’s the source for most of the lyrics. It’s quite an effective mash up, really.  On “Help!,” they basically play it pretty close to The Beatles musical concept, but with the raw fury of Metallica as the main sound. There is a cool little mellower movement in the middle of the track.
We get more of a metallic take on the basic rock and roll concept of the Beatles original with “Please Please Me.”  On “Blackbird” we get an acoustic guitar solo that’s pretty and a nice change up. Bass guitar serves as the only backdrop early on in “You Never Give Me Your Money,” but they bring guitar up after a time, but only tentatively. Then it shifts out to an almost Metallica does progressive rock motif as it works out from there. A number of shifts and changes emerge and this is really quite a diverse and powerful tune.
The rather subdued, but quite metal jam that opens “Sun King” is great. They turn it out to harder rocking jams from there. It’s another that’s fairly complex and it seems to run straight into the next tune. Thrash meets The Beatles in style on the killer tune entitled “Mean Mr. Mustard.” The guitar solo section is purely incendiary as it explodes out with fury and power. “Polythene Pam” seems to come straight out of the previous tune. In a lot of ways, this one feels like early Rush to me. It’s another killer merging of Beatles and Metallica, though. It’s a little more raw than some of the other stuff here. It’s also just plain killer.
There’s almost a psychedelic garage sound to their version of “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” It’s another screamer that’s raw and cool. Bass opens things on “Golden Slumbers”and the cut starts to grow out like psychedelic Metallica from there. They take this one through some amazing changes. It’s another dynamic and diverse cut. It’s another that’s a killer.Punk rock and thrash seem to meet early Rush on “Carry that Weight.” Still, both The Beatles and Metallica are (obviously) represented on the tune. Seeming like it comes out of the previous one, with “The End” we get some more smoking hot jamming that has that same thrash turned punky feeling to it. The bass really shines on this one. “Her Majesty” is a noisy bit of weirdness to end things.