they deal with modern Metalcore, the 6 Emilian boys, hailing from the
same town of fucking Luciano Pavarotti, had the good taste of not stumbling
in the potential riskful choice of a drift towards Screamo/Emo and Swedish
Death, like fashion is dictating nowadays.
The 4-track EP includes a selection of their best material and is opened
by "Porcelain Breaks at Touch", during which one can
find out hidden elements of Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah and Neurosis.
A bit inferior to the other 3 songs, "Autumn and the Other Fading
Warmth" equally takes from Slipknot, Hatebreed and Since the
Flood, even if the Thrash refrain and some Machine Head structures appear
"The Stabbing Sequence" is clearly influenced by the
"Firestorm" Earth Crisis and becomes more interesting
in the middle part.
My favourite track and supposedly the one of many is the closer, "Unchanging
Events", and not only because they've added some vocals from
Alessandro Pipis, vaguely reminescent of Reach the Sky; as a matter
of fact, this composition is a real kick with strengthened boots to
the genitalia: just imagine a mix among Warpath, the Red Chord and Contrasto.
In conclusion, the band needs to increase its originality with the next
CD, taking as good patterns the first and the last compositions. A few
sounds have to be improved and some vocals too, but after all this is
more than a decent self-recording. A positive aspect that ought to be
stressed out by all critics is the capacity of utilizing and blending
riffs in an organic manner together with the existential lyrics written
smoothly, which makes me assert that H/Armless are one of the few Italian
combos that can't be looked down on by foreign competitors.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th June 2006