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Review of the Album "Free From the Fridge" by Australian Crossover Thrash Metal Band Head in a Jar

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Listening to the album Free From the Fridge is as refreshing as getting some delicious ice cream.

Listening to the album Free From the Fridge is as refreshing as getting some delicious ice cream.

Some Pros and Cons About the Album Free From the Fridge

Head in a Jar might as well be one of the most bizarre band names that most of us have ever heard in our music listening experiences. These guys from Sydney and New South Wales Australia bring us thrash metal that is humorous, creative, fast, and obviously heavy too. Free From the Fridge was released on April 24, 2020 at a time when many of us in the United States had to keep ourselves indoors and the reason won’t be mentioned here due to it being very obvious. If there is one quality that is consistent with bands of this style it is that the songs usually do not have guitar solos. For those of us that are really creative types of people that love hearing guitar solos, Free From the Fridge can be a tough album to adjust to. However, the good point about the album is that it is not just your straight ahead crossover thrash metal album and it does have melodies as well bass lines that are audible. There is a definite Acid Reign kind of influence in the album. We would be doing a sort of disservice if we did not mention who plays on this rather incredible album.

Band Personnel for the Album Free From the Fridge


  • Adrian Suljanovic: bass guitars and vocals
  • Nick Coady: guitars and vocals
  • Gordy Whyte: guitars and vocals
  • Marcus Alvarez: drums

Why Slave to the Microwave is an Important Song

Whether this is a coincidence or not, there is a song called “Slave to the Microwave” which is about what happens when you eat too much, especially if you eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods. You will lead yourself to an early grave if you don’t adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you open up the fridge make sure that you eat high nutritional value kinds of food. The beginning section of this song has a kind of modern Metallica feel to it. Does anyone remember the song Judas Kiss?

Why Free From the Fridge Is Such a Good Album

This album demonstrates the evolution of the crossover thrash metal scene. It has grown substantially since the early 1980s from the angry profanity filled songs to thrash metal that is highly melodic and creative. It gets redundant to mention this but this album shows that it is time for older men like Mike Muir to move over because they have competition now. Crossover thrash metal isn’t just about shouting some verses into a microphone while trying to sound heavy. Thrash metal that is good and or excellent is thrash that is written with a purpose. The purpose of this album is to combine crossover thrash metal with humor.

More Good Things About the Band Head in a Jar

The vocals sound somewhat like a more modern version of Slayer as well as a more modern version of the band Acid Reign. It is really nice to see that Australia is slowly at least becoming a nation that is known for more than bands such as AC/DC or Silverchair. Listening to songs such as “Dess Und Hekk” has me convinced that these guys play better thrash metal than Municipal Waste. The melodic guitar and bass section is something to really be in awe of and even though this may come as somewhat of a surprise for some, the late Cliff Burton would have certainly appreciated this bass work.

"Free From the Fridge" Full Album

How Can We Best Describe the Music of the Band Head in a Jar?

Head in a Jar stylistically is very similar to Municipal Waste but these guys are more melodic and even more entertaining. I like to look at this album as a mixture of the British band Acid Reign combined with modern melody that avid metal fans should and will enjoy. Nothing that the band Suicidal Tendencies made in terms of music can even compare to what is offered on this 33 minute album.

Head in a Jar Discography

Album TitleYear Released

Re-Animated at Venom (LIVE Album)

2012

Atomic Circus (Mini Album)

2012

Downtown Meltdown

2013

Take It Too Far (Mini Album)

2017

Free From the Fridge

2020

Suburban Witchcraft (Mini Album)

2021

Free From the Fridge Final Thoughts

“Androidz Anonymous” easily can win 1st prize for how addictive of a song that it is. This second song is a sort of humorous way of looking at what someone does to deal with android robots that are after him. I did say that usually crossover thrash metal albums that are short do not have guitar solos but the third song does have one. “Strechin’ the Friendship” is a song that is about miscommunication and misunderstanding between friends. There is doubt whether these friends can still hang out for a barbeque get together. There is a feeling of being betrayed. The chorus consists of repeating the song’s title but it is intended to be a humorous song. A song that might be underrated is the title track as Adrian sings that he is free again from the fridge. The first four songs from Free From the Fridge are the strongest especially the first song “Controller of Nightmares” which lyrically is about the ego controlling the nightmares that a person may experience. “In the Kingdom of the Forest Crones” is a song about some evil creature in the forest that is meant to strike fear into the hearts of those that dare to tread into this forest. You can play the songs in any order in this album and find enjoyment in it. It is 12 songs of entertaining thrash metal that you can listen to while partying with a group of friends. “Big Punch at Little Lunch” which is lyrically about fighting leagues in the schoolyards has another terrific bass part later in the song. Free From the Fridge is one of the best crossover thrash metal albums not just of its kind but it is one of the best ever written.

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© 2021 Ara Vahanian

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