Floodgate – Penalty (1996)
Penalty, the one and only album from Louisiana mob Floodgate, led by Exhorder – and current Trouble – frontman Kyle Thomas is an unequivocal classic and a 90’s highlight highly deserving of as much praise as we can throw at it!
As far removed from the pioneering groove thrash of Exhorder as you can get, Penalty was a terminally unfashionable sludgy, southern metal extravaganza! Unencumbered by a desire to please modern metal fans, Floodgate simply created the music they needed to play – the hallmark of any great artist – and unsurprisingly this one-off monster of kick-ass rock is now considered a cult classic.
Kyle Thomas’ ridiculously versatile vocal performance – that still found space to unleash that rib-cracking roar from his Exhorder days – is still a revelation and an obviously huge inspiration on the direction the likes of Down, Crowbar and Corrosion Of Conformity found themselves heading over the preceding years.
Perhaps this is one of those moments where the stars aligned and a ‘sequel’ of sorts simply wasn’t warranted. We’ll just take solace in the fact that Penalty still kicks almighty amounts of ass!