Idiom - 'We Can't All Be Superheroes' (Undergroove Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gaz E   
Sunday, 17 July 2011 05:30

idiomThe most disappointing thing about the current apathy towards the attending of gigs by the moron majority is that there are so many great young bands out there waiting to be discovered; add Exeter's Idiom to that list.


Thankfully, the noisy four piece haven't let the state of a lazy nation deter them, having garnered impressive support slots with the likes of Devildriver, 36 Crazyfists, Die So Fluid and Skindred (with vocalist Matt Sharland joining the band onstage to sing the Jacoby Shaddix parts on 'Warning') and recently performing on the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza alongside Breed 77, Panic Cell and Bonafide.


The band's mini-album, 'We Can't All Be Superheroes', turned up in PO Box 666 wrapped in impressive comic-book style cover art (note to bands wanting a review : I am a sucker for shit like this!) and, when slapped onto the UR deathdeck, unleashed a fevered torrent of modern metal with a weighty quota of older rock coursing through its blackened veins.


'Beast Of Bodmin' opens the six track mini-album (that also features a music video) and, while it might offer up thoughts of gumby metal, it is in fact a time-change laden monster of a track that veers from Deftones subtlety to Cancer Bats brutality with consummate ease. There is a heavy Rage Against The Machine influence that hangs over all of the tracks here yet it ultimately dissolves into a kind of Senser-like sound; Idiom's recent support slot with Heitham Al-Sayed and band appears to have been a great fit. There is a Faith No More aesthetic at play here too, with more than a few genres mashed into the Idiom mix. The record's title track features a fat riff that sounds like it was torn out by Living Colour's Vernon Reid. With all this talk of older influences, it has to be noted that there is a bludgeoned spattering of modern rock all over this release, making the sharing of stages with the likes of Young Guns, Bring Me The Horizon and Architects seem more than appropriate.


Another excellent young British band who deserve your attention - don't disappoint them.