|Federal Black Forty - 'Hooked Up N' Loaded' EP (Self Released)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:00|
Getting straight into it, 'Hooked Up N' Loaded' starts like Papa Roach's 'Change Or Die', and that's no bad thing, singer Dan Hunsdon spitting out verbals like he means business from the off.
Second track, 'Tales Of My Decay' again dips in to nu metal territory and comes over as a hard edged 'A' or a dirty version of LostProphets. Hunsdon's voice straddles that line between metal and rock which means this Cambridge five-piece can switch easily between the type of songs they're producing and on fourth track 'Ride', gone are the nu metal bleatings and out come the metal influences, with great guitar solos and head banging beats throughout. Last track, 'You Will Know', slows the pace down slightly (but still ROCKS!) and all of a sudden I realise who this lot remind me of because it's been bugging me throughout this album - anyone remember Paw and their great CD 'Death To Traitors'? Imagine Paw if they came out after nu metal and you'll get close to this lot.
Not perfect but not bad at all. Cambridge has already seen them support some top bands and they'll be supporting the much heralded Black Spiders there soon - get there early and check 'em out. Worth leaving the bar for.
Is it me or are there some great UK bands out there at the moment??