It’s entirely possible you’ve never heard of the crust-filled speed thrash troupe known as Children of Technology. The quartet from Padua, Italy are staunchly underground and exist perhaps as a throwback to the gritty, muddy sounding bands of the late 80’s. Yet all this talk of driving ourselves to extinction, it feels like we’re one idiot from sealing our own demise most of the time. And that’s where Children of Technology come in.
The second you start to listen to ‘It’s Time to Face the Doomsday’ (Hells Headbangers, 2010), you know you’re facing an image of nuclear winter on Earth. By the end of the first listen, you’ll have taken a journey through it. And you’ll have enjoyed that image so much you’ll want to go back to it again. And again. And again.
Children of Technology describe their sound as ‘post-apocalyptic motorcharged speedcrust’ and ‘ITtFtD’ is a none more truer statement of that. Eight tracks of scuzzy thrash punk are beholden, coming across like Darkthrone jamming with Discharge with a Motorhead mentality. Detractors will say it’s the same thing over and over again. I say if you can’t handle it, then you’re in grave danger. Gleefully over the top, ‘ITtFtD’ is Children of Technology simply revelling in their influences, and this is possibly their claim to be Earth’s official nuclear winter house band.
Children of Technology – It’s Time to Face the Doomsday (full album)
‘No Man’s Land’ itself, with it bass-line intro building up into a fast punk riff really has ‘death race’ written all over it. The bass intro is the vehicles taking up their positions. The guitar that comes in over the top is the countdown to race start. The drums signal the lights are green, and the race is on. When the chorus hits, you can actually picture the Tusken Raiders from Star Wars hidden in the dunes, thrusting their maces in the air as the band shout ‘the wasteland!’. That would make for a totally awesome music video.
The only let up in the record comes towards the end. As ‘Screams from the Earth’ begins with a lone guitar, vocalist DeathLord Astwülf uttering ‘the Earth is dying’. When the rest of the band come in, one final assault begins, and its just as over the top as the rest of album, with the sounds of bombs exploding and missiles crashing accompanying the refrain of the title during the chorus.
Championed by Darkthrone drummer and all round legend Fenriz, Children of Technology are a band worth seeking out… wait, what’s that? Oh. The apocalypse is nigh. Balls.
I guess this is where we sign off. Thanks for everything everyone. You’ve been awesome.