A horrible hack



Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: Boss Tuneage
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jan 22, 2013
An occasional past-time on the Collective Zine forum is dredging up obscure bands that existed in the emo blackhole between revolution summer and Heroin. So it's quite fun to get a sent a CD by same ancient, long forgotten UK band that no doubt had zero aspirations to be such a thing, yet somehow they have a song that weirdly fits into such a bracket. The raging opening track 'The Only Revolution' really isn't that far removed from Rites of Spring or Ignition, yet at the same time provides hints at was to become the direction for melodic punk / hardcore in the UK in the 1990s, which is a rather fine combination. Those sounds do pop up again over the course of this CD, but for the most part it heads off in different direction, replete with metally guitar solos and gloomy punk rock moodiness that handily jumps between slower paced wallowing and then fast and melodic blasts. I'm hardly an expert on 1980s / early 90s UKHC, but for me this is a pretty good artefact of the era, from a band that I have not heard referenced before. Not normally the kind of thing I can found listening to but this is really rather good and worth checking out if you've not come across it.

Also the band appears to have been from Norfolk, blimey.

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