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Only Fumes & Corpses | 'A Selfish Act 1'

Yet again it’s another short, sharp shock from Only Fumes And Corpses. They’re getting very, very good at this.

Last time round, their ‘Who Really Cares, What Really Lasts’ album was so good it got Album Of The Month. This newie is of almost equal quality, and as compulsive listening.

This one’s harder, much more aggressive feeling and punchier than that one. ‘Degeneration’ opens with a class blast beat before going heads down into the hardcore punk they’ve honed.

‘Downers’ has speed and melody going for it – that type of hardcore that’s very far from old school emo and yet retains the vaguely positive, anthemic and valedictory streak.

The speed continues through the next few tracks, which, like ‘Towers Fall’ have dashed in and wrecked the place before you even know they’ve happened. The energy in

all of this is infectious.

It’s clear, as it usually is in their releases, that they’re trying to develop, throwing in mature chords and progressions amongst the riotous hardcore fury. ‘Full Circle’ is a great example. It’s melody is satisfyingly complex without being soft, and the only shame is they havent given it time to really breathe. It could have easily, and brilliantly, sustained another three minutes.

One of the tricks to gigging is to leave the audience wanting more.

You could say the same about records. OFAC are doing that here, big style. And yet you do wish, in spite of the white hot attack they’ve got going on, that it could all just be allowed to breathe a bit more. Too Fast, Too Furious? Just maybe.

They’ve shown they’ve got melodic and songwriting nous, as well as the bravery to use them (like the cracking atmospheric Ska influences on the last one). So it would be good to hear them really go for it.

What I cant fault on here is the energy. It’s completely contagious, full of power and colour, and guaranteed to get you fired up. That alone means its required listening. Short though it is, it’s preferable to all the rest that outstay their welcome.

4.1 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 16/12/12

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