the best and most complete means to present the audience a band is not only audibly
but also visually and that's why even indies are investing in the latter more
and more. The British/US label doesn't escape this rule with this recent DVD featuring
20 bands, most of whom really underground and never heard before even by specialized
music journalists, from across the world along with 2 extra videos.
the peculiar and professional clip by Metal/Pop/Punksters We're All Broken, here
comes one of my favourites: the claustrophobic and painful one by 9 Days To No
one, reminding me of Criss Angel's and Fakir Musafar's body suspensions. While
Andthewinneris plainly copied the hallucinated beginning of their clip from one
of Heideroosjes', Kover fight for the throne of catchiest song against the Punk
colleagues Cashless, the Cornflames, the Italian the No One and Red Car Burns.
Things are pretty different with the road-roller named Catalyst, who've produced
another of the highlight clips of the comp as well as the next artists, Son of
the Mourning and Worlds between Us (on the trail of the Dillinger Escape Plan),
even if the clip of the latter is minimal. If then we actually wanted to look
for the most low budget video here included, then that would be Elemae's, but
this doesn't necessarily mean it'll not make this indie Rock band conquer new
In the middle of the list we meet and greet Cohesion, a combo placing
just between Earth Crisis and the sharpest and most compressed Thrashcore; now
this is what I call devastation and excess of adrenaline, thumbs up for sure!
passing the sufficiency, Rydell's live clip doesn't drive me crazy and neither
does their song, whereas not bad are Six Second Hero despite their young age and
the teeny Emo vocals; shame the clip has some audio imperfection.
Why instead have refrains suitable for aficionados of Foo Fighters and Danko Jones
and I wouldn't be surprised if I learned they would be opening act during one
of their tours.
Nathaniel Sutton brings us towards Indie acoustic Rock, and
it was smart to insert a one-man band of this kind in order for the eardrums to
rest a little bit, since soon the coordinates steer back to the more classical
imprint of Engineer records by the nth band with a number composing its monicker:
Losing Six Seconds, a group reminding me of Raw Power and Hatebreed within their
scarce minute of length.
With regard to the bonus videos I claim against the
grain that Chamberlain, who are shot live in a club, are extremely boring. Sorry,
but that's my job!
Finally, the guest video by the Fire Still Burns, a courtesy
of Blackout! records, is quite close to the sonorities of No Fun at All, but it's
a pleasure to listen to and watch.
In conclusion, let me spend a few praising
words about the label's attitude, very appreciable as there is no trick; just
rightful and committed, striving for independence and an honest D.I.Y. work ethic,
yet at a professional level. Its goal is to create a big Punk Rock family of Hardcore
kids, Indie hearts, Metal heads and alternative lifestyles. This is the path to
keep on walking. Congratulations for this video compilation and the people behind
the project. Support them in a way or another, cuz there's no McDonalds Metal,
Punk, nor Hardcore here, on the contrary the menu of this compilation is deign
of a restaurant!
Markus Ganzherrlich - 20th Feb. 2008