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noisecore never sounded so good!,
This review is from: The Repercussions Of A Badly Planned Suicide (Audio CD)
in my view hardcore or any of its -core suffixed offshoots needs 1 of two ingredients to be successful. it must either be played with a blazing fire-eyed intensity in the vein of dillinger escape plan, or a gut-wrenchingly heartfelt passion such as the work of the mighty converge. noisecore/mathcore/whateverthehellyouwantcore is particularly dependent on such a power of belief and emotion as it lacks the hummable riffs or catchy choruses of its more accessible cousins such as post-hardcore or metalcore. it is a genre which all too often disappears up its own arse in a whirlwind of impossibly technical riffage and more irregular time-changes than a london bus service.
i am not saying johhny truant lack emotion or intensity as these brighton boys play with as much passion as any of their heavily inked american counterparts. yet they are able to deliver their particular racket with a pinch of salt. but take them lightly at your peril. the din they create is as complex and chaotic as the claustraphobically oppressive aaron turner artwork would suggest. unlike many of the US noisemongers, however, they are not satisfied with sheer brutality for the sake of it and look to amalgamate a variety of influences into their brand of dextrous riffing and glass-gargling vocals. the laid back jazzy drum and cymbal rolls of 'puparia', the robotic industrial feeling bass riffs of 'infamy', or stuart lee's (jacob's stiories)soaring melodic vocals on 'seven days at knife point' show a melee of musical influences rather than the usual refused, black flag etc etc.
coming on like dillinger escape plan but with memorable riffs (the opening riff from robert sapolsky is as catchy as any funeral for a friend sing a long)johnny truant are clawing noisecore back from the brink of self satisfied, smug muso hell and into the consciousness of punks and metal heads who just want to have fun.
armed with fantastic haircuts and even better riffs JT will rule the live circuit. so hunt down this cd like your life depends on it, get yourself along to a johnny truant show and i'll see you down the front for dancing.