Olmec Diagram - Untitled EP
Thanks to the drummer Sav for the CD.
Overall verdict? Great musicians, drumming is particularly savage.
Gets too complex and you have to wonder if the songs are convoluted
for the sake of it, or if the ideas are under-developed. I'll give
them the benefit of the doubt and suggest reality lies somewhere
in the middle! Production isn't great, guitars could be crunchier
and, as much as I like their overall sound, drums could be crisper.
I imagine they would be absolutely ferocious live, if you are playing
around the Midlands I'll definitely come and see you. A punishing
CD, but also slightly puzzling - could work with a slight tweak
- Porphira's Lover. Essentially thrash meets
hardcore with de rigeur screamed vocals. Very complex song with
tempo changes galore. Vocals in chorus are less extreme. The
slower breakdown section is particularly brutal. Aggressive
throughout, constantly changing style and tempo.
- You're Only In It For The Presents. Choppy
opening which is basically blackened thrash. Very technical
once more with incredibly convoluted riffs and insanely intricate
time signatures. A chaotic and punishing listen.
- Monkey Tennis. Another eclectic mix of styles,
mainly throwing death metal, hardcore and post-punk into the
blender. Can't really add much to my previous comments.