Trying to explain to people that you’re listening to a band that tackle hardcore and grime in the same song is like explaining you like to mosh to classic music…it just doesn’t sound right…until you experience it. One of my main reasons for going to Download Festival was to catch The One Hundred and after an incredible performance I was super excited to get my teeth into this little gem.
The album is a clever fusion of hardcore, metal and grime transitioning effortlessly from punchy rap to brutal screams. The true question being do I mosh, do I skank or do I flail my arms like an overenthusiastic hype man…whatever the answer should be, you could get away with any of it. I find myself bopping along on the sofa as I write this unable to sit still and loving every minute.
The One Hundred blur the lines of genre with high energy, savage riffs and violent choruses and the switches in time signatures make the drops oh so sweeter.
The best of the songs like Boomtown and Monster have a sense of Enter Shikari about them but with a more raw feel, less commercialized and pure unadulterated passion and ferocity. The video for Monster is like an acid trip into the mind of Lewis Carroll, take from that what you like but I happen to be quite the fan of Alice in Wonderland so I’m all for it and damn is the tune catchy as hell and the combination of rap, unclean growls and female vocals over a bouncy tune makes Boomtown my personal favourite. That being said there are a few skip songs but it’s increasingly rare to find an album without them.
For a first album this is a great way to set the tone, get noticed and more importantly build a tight fan base and stand out in an industry overpopulated by autotune and teenagers baring their flesh for followers.