The Rampton Release Date - Relax You're Nearly
Not to be confused with extreme metallers Last
Chance At Rampton, this is their first full length CD following
several EPs over the last few years. Ill fortune seems to have
dogged them, with broken limbs being the least of their worries
from what I can glean from their various biographies. Having been
impressed with their live performance at the recent Meltdown
Records Christmas party at Scruffy Murphy's (see
live review) here's my thoughts on their studio work.
Again I'm going to break with tradition for this
site and not do a track by track analysis. The main reason for
this is the similarity and familiarity of the songs – you
really wouldn't want to read a similar critique twelve times!
Don't get me wrong this isn't a negative – TRRD
blitz their way through this album relentlessly in a
punk/hardcore show of aggression. No frills, they know what they
do, and do it very well indeed. After the “London Palladium
presents” intro all hell breaks loose and doesn't let
up. I'd single out the following tracks as highlights though.
“I'm Hit” starts the ball rolling and is
a quality punk tune with mind blowingly fast cymbal work. “The
Violence” will get them pogoing like mad, or a pit
forming, dependent on the audience demographic. “I'm
Surrounded” has a crashing quality to the guitar work
that is horrifyingly aggressive, and the album closer “The
Wrong Life” has an absolute belter of a hardcore riff
towards the end.
If you are a fan of traditional punk, post punk
or hardcore then this should appeal as it delivers the mood and
aggression admirably. Tracks get a bit samey but you expect that
to be fair. My main criticism concerns the production, or more
probably the mastering. This sounds sludgy and the vocals could
be far more prominent. Yes they're aggressive, but they should
make your blood curdle. At least they're understandable though
compared to the usual cookie monster or death grunting I normally
As I'm sad enough to file my CDs alphabetically
(although with the number I've got it's the only way I can find
anything..honestly!!) this nestles alongside The Ramones
which I guess is fitting enough. This is a real throwback album,
hopefully the band's run of bad luck has come to an end –
if it has they should do very well for themselves in 2009.