The French metal scene keeps throwing up new encounters which just spark the appetite while fiercely pleasing ears; the debut EP from The Sideline Haters another thoroughly enjoyable example.
The Paris hailing death metallers were formed in 2014 by guitarist Allan “M-Slay” B. and bassist Elodie “Ch!ng” G, both former members of progressive death metallers Aenomy. Within a few weeks, the band’s line-up was complete with the addition of vocalist Florian M. (ex-ADM) and drummer Guillaume “Will” C. (ex-Hyperdump). From then until now, there is little we can tell you about the band’s time but Who Shaves The Barber?, their first EP tells all you might wish to know anyway.
Produced by the band’s Allan Bravo, who also created the EP’s excellent artwork, Who Shaves The Barber? opens with The Sideline Effect, a track which quickly winds toxically sultry tendrils of guitar around ears as intimidatingly heavy rhythms prowl. It is not an over imposing or surprising first moment with the band but a setting down of the antagonistic terms the track offers before upping the ante in hostility and intensity. Once in position, raw throated vocals carry deep seated rancor in every syllable they share whilst the bass backs up that menace with its own cantankerous presence. Things become increasingly more enthralling with every passing minute, the track emerging a potent slab of death irritability and craft, making up for it’s sometimes less than surprising exploits with some mouth-watering hooks and slithers of spiky grooving.
The strong start is quickly matched and surpassed by the crawling almost pestilential demands of Tasty Cull. Straight away the song has a creative air and character wearing the scent of unpredictability, those twists coming out through the spidery enterprise of the guitar and the senses spotting suggestiveness of keys. The fact that those latter imagination sparking elements are pushed too far into the background of the tempest is a small issue, but just a minute element with a track which is as compelling as it is ravenous.
The EP closes with its title track, Who Shaves The Barber? going straight for the throat from its first breath in a hellacious tide of riffs and fearsome rhythms. That initial torrent of aggression and intensity barely wavers across the rest of the death metal bred rock ‘n’ roll of the track, its moments of taking the foot slightly off the throttle embracing a delicious weave of winy grooves and psyche piercing hooks. The track quickly steals the show, alone ensuring that The Sideline Haters is firmly placed on the radar of keen interest hereon in.
The Sideline Haters show they will be more than a passing flirtation with attention through Who Shaves The Barber?, an accomplished and increasingly imaginative proposition soaked in a potential which excites. It is going to be interesting to see how they develop and great fun on the evidence of their first trespass on the senses.
The Who Shaves The Barber? EP is out now @ http://thesidelinehaters.bandcamp.com/releases
Pete RingMaster 18/05/2016
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