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October File: Holy Armour from the Jaws of God

October File are a vicious war cry coming from the UK that throw bombs of punk metal sound at you from the likes of Killing Joke and maybe the more metallic element of say, Prong. Combining incisive lyrics, passionately controlled chaos and ass spanking honesty you can really dig in to each of the songs offered here. Songs like "Another Day" which delivers a convincing message about imperialism and arrogance while maintaining a steady melodic center that makes the most out of a very cool riff that is careful not to outstay its welcome (they are not going for virtuosity here). Sometimes the band can almost remind you of Ministry-- sans the electronic instrumentation. In "Hallowed be Thy Army" the band makes clever use of modeling the electronic element with flange and various repetitive, almost hypnotic, rave-like guitar lines. It is cool to hear a band sound like this without falling into that "too familiar" sampling kick that can over dominate the songwriting. Moving along, the angry rage induced bark (although the vocals can be really smooth as in "A Sun That Never Sends" & "So Poor") of the vocals and the surging mentality of the music, create quite an outstanding clamor that quite frankly, envelope those who dare to take a ride up in this piece. Keep in mind that the band keep bringing it for the entire ride and a song by song analogy would be rather redundant. In short, I almost see these guys as the newer, heavier Warrior Soul without ever sounding like them. It is more in the aesthetic, if you see what I mean.

A massive sonic assault, both dark and honest, brimming with urban appeal for those looking to fill the void with a vitriolic rage against a world finally realized.

Track Listing
1. A Munitions Crusade
2. In My Magnificent Circus
3. High Octane Climate Changer
4. Another Day
5. Hallowed Be Thy Army
6. Friendly Fire
7. Blood and Sweat
8. A Sun That Never Sets
9. Religion?
10. So Poor

Added: December 23rd 2007
Reviewer: Hugh Dark
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1485
Language: english

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