SPREAD­ING THE DIS­EASE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

In­sur­rec­tion

SELF-RE­LEASED Bru­tal­ity-edged melodic met­allers miss a few too many punches Nasty verse, sticky sweet cho­rus: this for­mula pro­pelled Kill­switch En­gage, Triv­ium and Bul­let For My Valen­tine into the lime­light and it’s what’ll stop Kent’s Spread­ing The Dis­ease get­ting there. Their de­but LP con­tains pock­ets of prom­ise. Con­nor Sny­der’s screams ride atop waves of vi­brant, melodeath-tinged thrash­ing and so­los and Save Me is the pin­na­cle of this. There should have been an en­tire al­bum of this. In­stead, tracks are sat­u­rated with karaoke Corey Tay­lor im­pres­sions and dead­se­ri­ous lines like ‘Noth­ing’s wrong with me, they just can’t han­dle me.’ No­body’s ex­pect­ing Tol­stoy, but come the fuck on, lads. It’s just a bit… mud­dled. Recit­ing The Lord’s Prayer on the oth­er­wisede­cent and clev­erly ti­tled Brexit Wounds is an­other fudge, al­though the record is sal­vaged by Last Good­bye’s ram­shackle rum­ble. They’ve got a way to go, but hey, their drum­mer’s called Jack Apella… FOR FANS OF: BLEED FROM WITHIN, BUL­LET FOR MY VALEN­TINE, KSE

ALEC CHILLINGWORTH

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