STEEL RULES DIE
"NOSTALGIA FOR BEGINNERS"
1. SIGNS OF CLOUDY DAYS
Beginners, released on the much acclaimed In At The Deep End Records is the debut
release for Steel Rules Die and comes in the
form of an eight track mini-album. The band who are based out of the East Midlands, came
together as a combination of experiences from the ashes of several respected hardcore\punk
They have been muted as the UKs answer to Avail, with a sound that is in essence straightforward and uncomplicated hardcore-tinged punk rock. Its a modern style of punk (more Green Day than Black Flag), that bouncy, catchy, chuggy sounding melodic punk of today, but it definitely has at its heart a fine hardcore attitude and subject matter. Featuring very coarse Clash style vocals without the slightest morsel of melody or actual singing ability, its pure dry and strained shouting. In an enlightening juxtaposition this is balanced with melodic and hook-filled guitars, a blueprint that seems to be used to maximum effect throughout every song.
An energetic and enthusiastic run over a familiar hardcore/punk playing field, but with a raw and honest approach they carry it off with flying colours and would more than satisfy most fans of the scene.
Rigsby (9th April, 2003)