The UK have always been behind the US with the post-hardcore scene. Drive-Thru, Tooth & Nail, Victory and Saddle Creek, some record companies across the US raising talent in new interpretations of punk music for approximately a decade. Then finally in 2001, Hundred Reasons gave birth to a sound which fused indie, punk and metal forming a British (to tire the cliche) emo/post-hardcore movement. Since then, Hell Is For Heroes, Funeral For A Friend and even Lostprophets have introduced us to techincally and emotionally intriguing hardcore in the attempt to follow in the footsteps of Refused and Fugazi, to Taking Back Sunday and Thursday.
The great thing is that local bands are now putting their creative energy into daring hardcore projects. Take 'Aconite Thrill', with their bizarre funk-jazz take on the scene that seems inspired by Atreyu and Glassjaw. 'Aconite Thrill' are part of a second-generation explosion of British post-hardcore. 'B Movie Explosion' opens the EP in a typically discordant fashion. To the general rock appreciator, they may find the vocals samy but I promise you that its just your ignorance getting in the way of aesthetically challenging music.
'Quiet Words' (3rd Track) is an atmospheric delight. Progressive in a way that would include their audience. They cancelled out of Buk & Skit which really disappointed me but I'm intent on catching them live. For those who know the scene: if you like Days Of Grace, Shouting Myke, Hondo Maclean, thisGIRL and SikTh, then do not hesitate. Buy this EP!