Star Fucking Hipsters - 'Never Rest In Peace' (Alternative Tentacles) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 05:55

star-fucking-hipsters-never-rest-in-peace'Never Rest In Peace' kicks off with a hardcore sixteen second blast off as they spell out their name before '3,000 Miles Away' kicks in. Their promo pack describes themselves as a crustcore/metal hybrid supergroup but not the kind of supergroup I'd mentally conjure up but, there you go, it takes all sorts. 

 

Thirteen tracks of slick, well performed music but I've found a bit of a problem Captain and that is that it seem to be jumping from style to style and trying to cover all bases, if you know what I mean? It all started off so well as '3000 Miles Away' is decent punk rock, modern USA style. I'm not saying they're insincere but that's how it comes across. Already I'm onto track five 'Church And Rape' and it's speed metal riffola and again I'm scratching my head with all the duelling guitar licks a la Maiden in the breakdown. This is heavy shit both musically and lyrically but all rather tired and, sorry to say, a little boring. The load is immediately lightened with the next track 'The Civilization Show' and its ska skanking but the swing from North to South, fast to slow is just too extreme for me and as a result it just doesn't grab you. I love Rancid, they can do the whole ska thing from time to time but it blends in with the album and the jump isn't extreme. 

 

This record is suffering from its schizophrenic nature. 'Dreams Are Dead' is decent as is 'Never Rest In Peace' but on the whole this isn't an album I'll be visiting for a while, maybe when SFH decide what they want to be. This album just doesn't flow so, sorry to say, it's the thumbs down from me. Didn't really enjoy this experience at all.

 

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