There’s one thing which is blatantly obvious about the heavy music scene at current: it’s hugely over populated. For the first time in a long age, you can find such an array of heavier music. With a small click, you’re given thousands of choices. The unfortunate thing is it breeds mediocrity, and every band within the scene have more to prove than they might have ten years ago. Bury The Hatchet have come up with a five track EP which, although without obvious fault, isn’t quite groundbreaking.
The band need to show to the metal world that they’re the band to listen to and a mere five tracks does not allow much room for fault or uncertainty. Therefore, for the first track to be a minute long instrumental is risky business, perhaps a waste of a track. Yet, its soft emotive piano sounds do provide a good opening to move straight into ‘But We Still Keep Moving’; a typical heavy, ballsy, punchy and riff filled track. Another minute passes before Ray Hughes‘ vocals kick in which pushes everything up a notch and remind you truly of the nature of the metal genre.
Musically, the tracks are solid and sound. Ray‘s voice, although slightly strained in places, holds out to provide a heavy raspy nature to each track. The layered guitars from Rich Norton and David Greenslade provide continuous furious riffs accompanied by the firm pummelling rhythmic beats of Tom Davis.
High point of the EP is ‘Protest’, filled with raspy vocals and drum beats to keep your toes tapping and a busy breakdown to keep your attention right to the end. Whatever ‘0411’ stands for is anyone’s guess, but it begins frantically fast and ready to pack a punch, yet it’s still hard to get over how strained Ray‘s voice sounds throughout this. Hopefully he just hadn’t stocked up on his lozenge sweets during the recording process and was suffering.
For a second EP, the band certainly show promise, but next time they’ll need to do something truly special to stand out from the ever growing crowd.
Written by Rhian Westbury
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