The Joy Thieves – American Parasite (Review)
With culturally, politically, and brutal lyrics relevant to modern society, The Joy Thieves’ American Parasite is by no means a masterpiece.
It’s rare that I’m surprised by anything these days, but I’m just blown away by “American Parasite” by The Joy Thieves. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of industrial rock bands, especially Ministry. Chris Connelly leads the vocals throughout this album. You probably remember Chris from his time with Ministry as the singer on the legendary track “So What?” And facing the Revolting Roosters. Another genre that I’m still ecstatic about was the punk movement of the late ’70s and early’ 80s, especially the Sex Pistols. To my surprise, The Joy Thieves sounds pretty close to a mix of Ministry and The Sex Pistols. And the biggest surprise is that this all-round hybrid sound works wonderfully. Written during pandemic containment of 2020, this album is pure angst, aggression and anarchy. This album is pure bliss for fans of these genres and should not be missed. Search this album now! With lyrics that are culturally, politically and bluntly relevant to modern society, American Parasite is by no means a masterpiece. My favorite songs are “American Parasite”, “Drown By Invitation”, “Valley Of Pistols” and. “Complicity” but there is no filler or substandard material to be found anywhere on this entire album. The sheer simplicity and raw aggressiveness of this album are undeniably formidable. Yet it’s also music with a message, the band wears their hearts on their sleeves and makes no effort when they tackle a lot of the issues the world is facing today and it’s quite refreshing. Since the beginnings of Rage Against The Machine, I have heard from a band who dedicate themselves to their music and their message to represent their art and illuminate social issues. “American Parasite” rating five stars. It doesn’t get better than that! It should be on all critics’ best albums of 2021 list.
The programming of Joy Thieves’ albums:
Chris Connelly, Dan Milligan, Gordon Young, James Scott and Marcus Eliopulos.
Pre-order your copy here: https://thejoythieves.bandcamp.com/album/american-parasite