IN AT THE DEEP END
"SAMPLER (COMET COVER)"
1. SEND MORE PARAMEDICS 'ZOMBIFIED'
One the best independent UK labels in existence, In At The Deep End Records (IATDE) demonstrate how to get off your arse and do something with such an incredible hardworking ethic it makes the industrial revolution look like a Friday afternoon shift. On this free sampler, they showcase 16 bands with a surprisingly wide range of sounds and styles:
Send More Paramedics 'Zombified' Old skool thrash/speed metal Slayer style with gore-tastic lyrics and a sprinkling of hardcore attitude. Steel Rules Die 'Still Waiting For The End' Blend of punk-lite and melodic hardcore with this song that sounds scarily like Green Day with Joe Strummer on vocals. Beecher 'Megadrive Vs Snes' a song that sprints into a melee of disorder, with vocals that are deranged beyond redress and with a morsel of midsection jamming that throws a lifeline to the moshers. Highly recommended screamo metalcore. The Killerest Expression 'Sid's Song' this is melodic yet powerful pop punk with snarling vocals in a Bad Religion kind of way.
The Osterman Weekend 'Milestone' A gently crafted song bulging with melody and character, emotionally charged and full of jangly guitars. High quality stuff. And None Of Them Knew They Were Robots 'Pinned Down And Under Fire' A scorching piece of screaming metal hardcore, short and to the point. HiTechJet 'Check Each Side' Catchy, melodic, hardcore punk with twin vocalists who complement individual styles of light and shade. The Devils 'Ewan's Song' Mad, demented and menacing noisecore executed with some panache and style. Interchanging moments of crushing heaviness with a twinkling of devilish groove.
Buzzkill 'Mr Furious' Wild old-fashioned rock 'n' roll in a 'Rocket From The Crypt' kind of way, complete with a sound full of sax and trumpets. The Wireless Stores 'The Speed Of Sound' Great melodic rock with character and class written all over it - they must be one of the few bands that can make mathematical formula sound moving. DanDare 'Apologies' Old style street punk with songs written around hardcore ethics from four blokes from Holland. Lovejunk 'Ethan & Emma' With a sound that sits in todays interpretation of punk, very catchy and melodic and actually having very little to do with punk at all.
Army Of Flying Robots 'Clipped Wings, Bleeding Wrists' Brooding, dark and chaotic noisecore. This is a maelstrom of intense dementia packed into just one and a half minutes. Jailcell Recipes 'Arm Twister' Rough and basic old skool hardcore punk sounding raw and uncouth. Hardy Street Pros 'Any Other Way' On this offering, mediocre, run-of-the-mill hardcore punk with tuneless vocals. One for the dedicated fans only. The Guillaume Seam 'Bakunin The Destroyer' First class pounding noisecore that has a darkened off kilter approach and which is barbarically intense and crushingly heavy with just a touch of experimentalism here and there. Awesome.
This compilation is a great way of finding out about these bands before committing to purchasing anything, but once you have sampled this quality catalogue, its hard to believe that you wont be parting with some of the old spondulicks.
Rigsby (4th April, 2003)