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Welcome to Hell(sinki)
on 29 March 2014
The main problem with most conspicuously 'retro' bands is that they are so enamoured with the period details that accompany this stance - the right guitar pedal, the correct clothes and that much coveted faux-analogue sound - that all too often they forget to write - or are incapable of writing - any actual songs to accompany all the window-dressing.
Fear not, because Beastmilk address this problem and then some. I'm struggling to recall another recent album that I've played so much all the way through - a big deal in this age of snap judgements based on a youtube clip - and for me this illustrates the great depth of song-craft that Beastmilk have at their disposal.
The varied musical background of the members - including time in industrial-tinged Black Metallers Dødheimsgard - means that the stumbling rhythms and naive musicianship heard on much early-80's post-punk are replaced by a driving & powerful framework onto which Beastmilk then craft their retro stylings.
Those not coming from a Goth or a Metal background might be put off by the self-consciously daft 'Cold War' lyrics and the moments of melodrama - I've spent a lifetime listening to Metal so I can handle all kinds of silliness - but dig beneath the surface a little, persevere only slightly - two listens & you'll be hooked - and you WILL be rewarded.
PS. Hope these guys are gonna be playing at The Barrel Organ in Digbeth soon, or if all goes well they could even be headlining at The Powerhouse.