Is it even worth reviewing a Cancer Bats record? I mean, when was the last time this band didn’t release an LP that was packed to the brim with raging tunes? You’re right. It is a trick question. They’ve never released an album that wasn’t a cracker.
“Searching for Zero” is noteworthy though, not just because of the abundance of puns around searching available to lazy and uninspired reviewers, but it sees the band temper their trademark aggression and groove with some tasteful left field influences. Maybe this is the sign of Cancer Bats pushing their own creative boundaries or maybe its the sonic stamp of producer Ross Robinson. It doesn’t really matter, the results are all that matters.
A lot of technical music has a habit of falling the wrong side of exciting. Impressive and thrilling aren’t interchangeable adjectives. I’m sure there are plenty of musos who find incredible levels of instrumental dexterity mouth-watering and borderline erotic. But I can’t say I’m part of that particular members only club. (They continually reject my application of the grounds that I’m a terrible musician.) Somehow though, The Colour Pink is Gay manage to take both those aforementioned adjectives and shove them down your throat before they spit in your eye.
It’s well good man.
I’ve never shot a band this big. By which I mean I’ve never shot a band with this many people in it. I’ve also rarely shot gigs this good-natured.
Typically the kind of shows I shot are intense, energetic, cathartic, aggressive occasionally violent and all sorts of other powerful words. Which isn’t to say that they aren’t fun, but they don’t bring the sort of warmth that Fat Suit bring to the stage. Collective is an often misused word in these early stages of the 21st century, but Fat Suit do genuinely seem like a collective of like-minded musicians who just love to play without a message or an agenda. Regardless as to what the Telegraph might have you believe.
Also they have their own string quartet. If that isn’t legitimately bad ass than I don’t know what is.
This has taken forever. But it’s been well worth the wait.
I hung about with Swallows in the studio pointing my camera at them when they recorded this track and it’s great to finally see it released. “Hangman” is a storming track, which I think, finally shows just how good the bands song-writing chops are, and proves that they’re not just about throwing shapes on stage.
That said, they do throw some formidable shapes.
I’m a fully fledged convert to the cult of Bad Luck. But an incredibly recent one. For reasons I can’t pin point now they totally passed me by. But that just goes to show that I’m not as on the ball with finding all the underground bands that my friends say that I am (admittedly they might condense that thought down to “you’re a hipster” but still…).
This new single released on Valentines day (I’m sure there’s a good single valentines day joke to be made here but I can’t think what it is) is sweet. The two tracks veer between the upbeat and the introspective while maintaining a strong sense of identity. That’s a strong initial impression, and a promising one, for any band to leave.
A key issues needs to be addressed here: apparently “Juggernaut” isn’t a double album. It is is two separate albums. Released on the same day. The band intend for you to listen them together but it isn’t a double album. Apparently. Someone somewhere needs to sort their understanding of a double album out…
There’s only way to start a band really: to shameless indulge your ambitions to play in your favourite bands. It’s not a winning end formula, but its certainly the best way to start. On the strength of that theory Surrender’s Not An Option have a lot going for them.
I like bands who bow out early. Too many bands don’t, and typically a lot of those bands were pretty rubbish. Thin Privilege are bowing out early with this final EP, “Does Not Exist”, and they were never rubbish. And now they never will be.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but technical metal has long been a genre largely composed of copy cats. New ideas are eschewed in favour of playing faster, or in a more difficult timing. It can be exciting for the instrumental nerd and it can be boring for the casual listener. Koralis are definitely still looking for their unique selling point, but the potential for them to stand out from their peers is pretty obvious.
Trying a new thing. Reviewing bands using infographics because those are cool right? Right?
Here’s a first go on the latest EP from Devil Sold His Soul.