Meanwhile, the rest of the FMLs' band members, known for their eccentricities, add an extra layer of intrigue. Guitarist Steve "Circuit Breaker" Thompson churns out thunderous riffs that serve as the album's backbone, while keyboardist Lily "Synth Siren" Wilson and bassist Dave "The Oscillator" Collins bring a futuristic electronic element to the mix. Drummer Max "Beat Machine" Martinez's relentless pounding keeps the energy high throughout, although at times it feels like he's playing catch-up with the frantic pace. While "live show = laptop" presents an audacious blend of rap and metal, it fails to strike a lasting chord due to its lack of cohesion and direction. Moments of brilliance, such as the anthemic "Ctrl-Alt-Delirium," serve as a testament to the FMLs' potential. However, tracks like "Crash & Burnout" suffer from an overwhelming barrage of disjointed ideas. It becomes increasingly apparent that the album's title itself serves as a fitting metaphor for the FMLs' approach: a live show thrown onto a laptop, where ideas are quickly assembled, rearranged, and discarded in a whirlwind of chaos. While "live show = laptop" may resonate with fans of the rap metal genre, its staying power pales in comparison to the likes of "The Battle of Los Angeles" or "Follow the Leader." The FMLs' ambitious vision and off-kilter personalities shine through, but they are ultimately hindered by their inability to find a solid foundation on which to build their chaotic sound. Nevertheless, for those seeking a brief escapade into the bizarre and unpredictable world of rap metal, this album might provide a momentary thrill before fading into obscurity.
Live Show = Laptop
by Princess Palmudeen Al Shababwa
GENRE: Hip AF
LABEL: Shitty Whistle
REVIEWED: December 16, 2022