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MISSILES OF OCTOBER – ‘Better Days’ Album Review

MISSILES OF OCTOBER – Better Days

missiles-of-octoberFrom the opening ominous bass notes of the album Better Days, Missiles of October set out their stall and demand that you lean in and engage. State of Crisis grows from that bass note to a rhythmic, driving punk song that demands that you bang your head as the Dead Kennedys style guitar riff hooks you in.

Hailing from Belgium, the Missiles of October have been touring aggressively across the continent and they’ve released a very strong album. No Brain No Headache channels Fugazi and Front 242 in the juxtaposition of choppy guitars leading into pogo inducing choruses. There is an angular approach to much of the bands output and it combines to produce a very unique and effective package of songs. The third song on the ten track album, Satisfaction in Nothing reminded me a little of the early Pixies whilst the sub-two minute Better Days is much more Black Flag with Rollins style vocals over a pulsating backing.

At the half-way point, we are treated to the seven-minute plus, sludge fest of Everyday. The song shows the bands songwriting chops and does not let up continuing to pound the bass and overlay chaotic guitar solos – Wow!

Loser takes us back up a notch with a Black Sabbath style riff, Rammstein style vocals and Missiles of October style delivery! Loved this song! The band visits a faster approach with another shorter song in Chainsaw that had me reaching for my early Metallica albums and then Problems rocks it up another notch. The penultimate track, Blah-blah-blah is a more, in your face, punk track reminiscent of west coat US bands like the Circle Jerks.

Last up is Two Feet in Sludge, almost four minutes of one of the most appropriately named songs of the year! As the band grinds away behind the raw throat vocals, the album comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Missiles of October are good, very good and are hitting their stride. Check out this super album here: https://missilesofoctober.bandcamp.com/album/better-days-2016

 

 

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