A horrible hack

Watertank

Sleepwalk

Year Released: 2013
Format: LP
Label: Solar Flare
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 28, 2013
Here's another enjoyably hefty slab of 90s post hardcore-infused rawk for those of you who've been enjoying ÆGES, Godstopper or the simple fact that the Handsome album is finally out on vinyl. Initial spins suggested some not-unwarranted Torche comparisons, and while this French mob definitely owe the Floridian sludge-pop titans more than a nod of recognition this 'un has more than enough going on to stand on its own merits. Riffs clang and rend like the the collision of jellybean-coloured girders, dropped casually as if procuring them were the easiest thing in the world while the glueily tuneful vocals suggest a fondness for the likes of Understand, Shift and Helmet. It's a varied album, by turns charging along like a bastard ('Far From Low'), hulking sulkily while thunderclouds gather ('Holy Tranquilizer') or, with 'Sharp Beaks Strike Back', given to spew up groovy, sinewy things that dabble with spaced-out prettiness. Despite the variation, everything seems part of a neatly unified whole, possessed of enough drive and dynamism to ensure those of you fond of both heaviness and spiffy tunesmithery keep coming back for more.


Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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