|Formed in 2000, Sutta Kane
have already produced three previous recording before their current EP thats simply
called '53'. The Derby based band has traditionally produced a sound thats
broadly based around metalcore, but with this EP they have endeavoured to create greater
depth and have experimented a whole lot more.
The term metalcore now conjures up the wrong images, for the music has developed to a stage where it is much more than that and could even be a form of progressive hardcore. Its hardcore with fierce metal riffs delivered when required and combined with intense shouty vocals, its certainly aggressive and angry but it also infuses gentle acoustic guitar and melodic singing. They really do like to chop and change the rhythms, patterns and pace of the songs with stops and starts as well as swapping styles that invite diversity and subtly suggest things from funk to punk, and which gives the whole proceedings a level of unpredictability.
Girl is a fine example of this style, starting with fairly standard hardcore drumming and rough vocals, but within a minute they plunge into the most brutal metal riff and suddenly were into death tinged territory, only to break into serene acoustics after another minute or so. The only negative would be that some songs do tend to meander a little and maybe seem unnecessarily long with the result that you lose focus and sometimes interest along its duration. More Tears Than Words lasts for over seven minutes and somehow feels too long for comfort - including an extended acoustic loop at the end - and would surely make a better five minute track.
With only this minor criticism its important that it shouldnt distract from what is an admirable demonstration of strong, powerful, rock music produced by a maturing band that has made a real effort to try something different. Well done to them
Rigsby (2nd April, 2003)