Thursday, 6 March 2008
MAN THE CONVEYORS - CHEERS! CD (VEX004)
Tortured dual male/female vocals, from this CT band, taking off where they left off on the LP. The songs on this are due to appear on two 7"s, but were not ready for their tour - hence this CD. They've since got Matt on guitar and have certainly got harder and faster. 8 songs of blistering crustcore/d-beat mayhem, that are top notch in their execution and recording quality. All played at an adrenalin drenched fastish pace, with plenty of slow harrowing heavy breakdowns which soon pick up the gaunlet and kick into gear again. The dual vocals suit the mood and have a real early ENT vibe, coupled with a STATE OF FEAR, WARTORN, classic Swedish sound and a pissed off fury that throws caution to the wind and gives us some truely impressive songs that are easily part of the forefront of amazing bands existing today. Topics such as abortion, immigration, mental illness, poseur punks (who aren't worth the patches on their clothes) and many more suffer the onslaught that is MAN THE CONVEYORS, ripping them apart in a poetic and passionate venom spat fury that cries of injustice. Suitably angry artwork accompanies their words, driving their message home even further. Released my their guitarist Matt and you really need to get this as I've been listening to it constantly.
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Tuesday, 4 March 2008
INHUMAN - LAST RITES CD
With a slew of releases under their belts, it was no surprise to find this a quality release. The fact that they've been going since 1995, experience shows and I've found their latest CD to be quite a mature CD. With that, I certainly don't mean boring. Certainly not, no, more of a confidence to showcase a variety of styles and the ability to execute these songs to the highest calibre. Listening to the opening track 'Last Rites' you would easily be tricked into thinking that this is a CD full of open E chords and harsh metal core. But by the time the last chord of 'The Lost' fades out, you'll have been on a roller coaster of sounds, words and emotionds. There are plenty of up beat catchy punk anthems, alongside straight up hardcore tunes and in between and round about doses of melodic hardcore tunes, boasting timeless riffage and a guitarist who knows his way around a fretboard. Michale Scondotto vocals jump easily into the different ranges to fit each songs, going from screams of pain to poetic soothing singing and gnarly spitting punk. Good lyrics too, which are a range of emotions and views on how their lives are. So if you like EARTH CRISIS, DAGNASTY, FEAR, BAD RELIGION, AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK OF IT ALL etc, then you are in for one hell of a party.