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THE ESTABLISHMENT – ‘Vicious Rumours’ Album Review


The EstablishmentDutch punk/post punk band, The Establishment have released their debut album, Vicious Rumours. The build up to the powerful opening track, Rabies leads to numerous vocals competing for ascendency as the song crafts an energetic and chaotic wall of sound full of menace and foreboding.

Running On Empty is a cracking punk rocker with growled vocals and power chords a plenty and a great Oi! style chorus…this is UK82 on steroids! The title track, Vicious Rumours pounds along and adds some keyboards to the rocking sound and the combination works. Warning Sign manages to combine 1980s punkers, The Blitz with some gothic vibes.

On Calmed Down, a Sex Pistols-esque guitar intro leads to a mid-paced rocker with the vocals up front and the atmosphere more Sex Gang Children than straight up punk rock. Watching The Grass Grow amps things up with more pace and muscle whilst Grey Day takes things up another notch with a rollicking rhythm and a rampaging chorus!

The Establishment drive things on with After A While with its atmospheric chorus and the 91 seconds of in-your-face punk of Monday. The penultimate track, Those Who Wait returns to a goth-punk ambience with soaring guitar lick over a solid rhythm section and the album concludes with a mash-up of The Mission and the aforementioned Blitz. The album is solid throughout and will appeal to those on the goth side of punk!

The digital release was on March 24th and the LP will be released May 1st on Aggrobeat Records, Spastic Fantastic Records and Darcy Trash records.

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