DEMO EP REVIEW
This is the first demo from Psychosis, a band that was spawned from their schooldays during late 2000 and which has five members who are based around the Shrewsbury area in Shropshire. Having made reasonable progress in the National Battle of the Bands competition they were inspired to make their debut recording which introduces these five songs.
An interesting band that are obviously at their early stages of development and with this CD offer quite a raw recording but with some promising songs. Musically its very downtuned with symmetrical booming riffs and rumbling low base-lines sounding like Korn gone back-to-basics after being baptised deep in the river Severn. Lyrically it reveals a picture of resentful anger with vocals that are not just bitter but seriously upset and vented. The vocals are served without pretension and are untrained but still work because the delivery is appropriate to the subjects and manage to capture the mood effectively.
These are relatively straight forward metal tunes with little in the way of sophistication or complications, but maybe thatís the reason why theyíre so successful in depicting such a bleak picture of anger and frustration. It took three or four listens for this basic recording to get the message across - but eventually it did, which is what a demo is about - and in the process it imparted something surprisingly noteworthy. Psychosis show promise and will undoubtedly improve their quality with experience, but I hope itís not at the cost of their natural belligerence and emotional honesty.
Rigsby (4th July, 2003)