Year of the Flood
Crisis Fuels the Fire
Year of the Flood are yet another UK band who seem to be having their material put out posthumously, breaking up prior to the release of ‘Crisis Fuels the Fire’, which compiles together material from their previous EPs. It’s a damn shame that this keeps happening, as it did with another recently reviewed band, Knife Crimes. Clearly, there’s something in the UK water that prevents consistent up-and-comers like YotF from rising to the cream of the crop, be it internal band mechanics or indeed the mechanics of dysfunction that allow certain bands to rise to the top, backed by bigger labels and big name sponsors (according to Knuckledust in a recent interview). Alas, it is a plague that I feel does hold the UK underground metal/hardcore scene back – since starting this blog I’ve noticed a vast number of cracking bands who really deserve more recognition.
Still, it is better late than never indeed to not only review but indeed check out the Nottingham crew, whose fall into the Entombed-style d-beat wave without exactly sounding like Entombed. Unless you go looking for that comparison, I personally feel its not like another band aping their riffs, and ‘Crisis Fuels the Fire’ is the works of a band who were certainly well into their prime that it stands out as an excellent work on its own. Comprising two EPs which sold out fast, plus five more unreleased songs, it starts of fast and frenetic and tracks like ‘Blysspuss’ are full-on ragers that would be a sin not to bang your head to; and more cerebral numbers such as ‘Engineers’ and the ripping ‘(No More) No Means Yes’. All in all it’s a much more considered approach than most of their peers, tinged with progressive elements and sections nodding to the odd 90’s alt-rock influence. And the way they shift from one riff to another at times is frankly magical, seemingly able to deliver kickass riff after kickass riff.
YotF were heavily influenced by the literary works of Canadian author Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley, both of whose dystopian work filters through into the lyrics on ‘Crisis…’. Indeed, you’d think this was the metal soundtrack to ‘Brave New World‘ at times, such is its downcast view on humankind, predicting our demise due to our own arrogance. On paper, such lyrics aren’t that revelatory, but its still a damn interesting approach and it’s a bit of a shame we won’t get to see what other directions YotF might have gone in.
So if like me you’re very late to this party, you can stream ‘Crisis Fuels The Fire’ below and download it for a price of your choosing. The planet might not be mourning its own funeral – yet – but British hardcore/metal is poorer for losing another potentially great set of up-and-comers.