THE GUILLAUME SEAM
(Grudd von Krampus Records)
1. BAKUNIN THE DESTROYER
From the ashes of Kent band Ezra, The Guillaume Seam rise up and deliver a ruthless lesson in quality screamo-noisecore with this excellent debut EP. They treat us to a style of brutality normally associated with bands such as Botch, Zao, Poison The Well, with the madness of Converge, the unpredictability of Dillinger and the eclectic qualities of Beacher. The combination is quite magical.
At the core of the sound is first class pounding noisecore that has a darkened off kilter approach. They manage to keep the music barbarically intense and crushingly heavy with a touch of experimentalism here and there. Mixing chaotically intricate patterns of nicely played guitar and varying rhythms, it makes for interesting listening. The whole EP sounds quite fresh with a style that is not ruled by conventional structure and music that doesnt just follow a formula. With that maximum brutality and intensity there is an anarchic feeling to the songs, but in amongst the anarchy there are emotional moments of refrain that just give the music a direction when its needed and also gives great balance.
This is definitely a probing investigation of the style and performed to such a highly professional standard. And it must be remembered that this release on Grudd von Krampus Records is only a starting point, the mind boggles at what they could produce next!
Rigsby (25th November, 2002)