BURY THE HATCHET - EP review added 1st June 2012
EP Review: ...It Was Never Enough EP (2012)
For fans of: Death Metal
Kent, UK, metallers Bury The Hatchet formed a couple of years back using bands like Architects, Lamb Of God, and Protest The Hero as their template. "...It Was Never Enough" sees the 5-piece in brutal form, taking complex guitar riffery, speed-laden drum beats and screaming vocals, and fusing them into something that should scare just about anyone. Yes, the intro sounds a bit like Barry Manilow but don't let it lull you into a false sense of safety. This is aggressive stuff.
However... from a musical point of view I'm not that convinced. The actual playing is fine, if often erring on the side of the obvious. The big downer is the vocals. Singer Ray Hughes has a strange tone, a good octave above where he should be. If Alvin And The Chipmunks did death metal it would probably sound a bit like this.
And.. to be honest... it's kind of hard to get past those vocals. The songs may be okay, but that screaming throaty slightly-too-high-pitched voice is the equivalent of your parents walking in during sex. It totally kills the moment.
The playing is fine, the vocals don't work for me. At all. Hmmm...
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. It Was Never Enough
02. But We Still Keep Moving
05. Broken Soul.
Ray Hughes – Vocals
Rich Norton – Guitar & Vocals
David Greenslade – Guitar & Vocals
Casper Howes – Bass
Tom Davis – Drums