American Head Charge: Tango Umbrella
Returning nu metal veterans fail to find the spark
American Head Charge had only released three albums when guitarist Bryan Ottoson died from an overdose in 2005.
Since then, they’ve toured, broken up, reformed, and finally made a new full-length thanks to an Indiegogo campaign. It’s clear Tango Umbrella is a passion project, but that passion isn’t enough to carry the album. Martin Cock’s distinctive vocals often fall down, most noticeably in the chorus of Perfectionist, and most upsettingly in A King Among Men. Clearly a heartfelt tribute to a fallen friend – perhaps even Bryan – it sounds thin, mawkish and strained.