Crunching guitars and rapid-fire drums blast off from this record
from the start – a style that you
think would drench it, but it’s not all smash and grab guitars,
screeching vocals and pounding drums.
There’s often a much richer focus on melodic undertones to
Holy State’s debut album, more so than some
similar bands prove able to display, and you’ll even hear
some brass (an initially bizarre but
most welcome addition to the sonic palate, giving an admirable
sense of variation and flow to ‘Electric Picture Palace’.
However, while Holy State do what they do well, the debt owed to previous
artists is pretty inescapable – very little Holy
new ground is being broken here, or even trodden on.
Subsequently, there is little to instil a real genuine sense of exhilaration
or surge of electricity when
listening to this record. You get the feeling Holy State work best live.
Reformed and armed with their own label, new album ‘Not Your Kind of People’ isn’t subtle
about the subject or inspiration behind the band’s ire.Holy
Seven years is a long time to try and forget. Or stew.
Garbage will no doubt insist they’re doing it for themselves but it feels like a revenge album and it’s an anger and vitriol that suits them.
They certainly sound like a band re-invigorated, because ‘Not Your Kind of
People’ is bullish in its energy.Holy
Fired by an angry, barracking industrial beat, ‘I Hate Love’ powers on,
‘Control’ is big and brash, and ‘Sugar’ offers up the
coquettish Manson, her vocals carrying the steely menace to contrast the backdrop of dreamy atmosphericsHoly
Finishing with the jagged guitar riffs and power vocals of ‘Man on a Wire’, if this album is to be a swansong,
at least Garbage have done it once more with feeling.
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