HELP­LESS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - LUKE MOR­TON

Debt

HOLY ROAR Ear-dam­ag­ing di­a­tribes from the dark­est cor­ners of Devon

Some mu­sic makes you want to dance. Some mu­sic makes you want to cry. But some mu­sic makes you want to ram your skull through a thou­sand brick walls. In a good way. Ply­mouth’s pow­ervi­o­lence ped­dlers have lined up a de­but al­bum so pu­trid and bar­baric that se­ri­ous bod­ily harm to the brain and face seems like the only log­i­cal re­sponse.

The re­lent­less de­struc­tion is jux­ta­posed with a per­va­sive feel­ing of deso­la­tion and empti­ness, like the con­cepts of ag­gres­sion and sor­row are danc­ing in the flick­er­ing light of the world burn­ing around them. From front to back Debt is drown­ing in dark­ness, sur­viv­ing only on bru­tal­ity, with just one track break­ing the three-minute mark. In be­tween the roar­ing vo­cals and bat­ter­ing drums, there are nu­ances find­ing new ways to cause pain. Just like the best tor­ture masters, there’s no point in just hav­ing one way of re­mov­ing teeth. FOR FANS OF: NAILS, FULL OF HELL, CODE OR­ANGE

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