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Murdock | ‘Strangers On The Shore’


For a band that arent exactly a common name on the gigging circuit – indeed for a band that originate in the centre of nowhere that is Tullamore, Co. Offaly – this is a searing piece of work.

Murdock have invested in great recording quality and a great digipack for this interesting mix of noisecore and metal, and the music is fitting of its luxurious presentation.

Ten tracks is an ambitious ask of a listener, but Murdock’s variety and energy make sure that you see it through with amost every spin. ‘The War You Cannot Win’ recalls the weird chords and driving beats of Norway’s awesome Virus, while more generally the influence of Botch, Luddite Clone and Drowningman is apparent.

The band also recall the underrated December (whose ‘The Lament Configuration’ album really should have been bigger), with dissonances and screaming that actually serves a purpose. All too often, both of those are a crutch for poor songwriting. Not in this case.

As well as the noisecore, they have the wit to bring it down a notch. ‘Apologue I’ and closer ‘Coma’ both show the writing maturity they’re capable of when they do. The guitars have a lightness of touch, with just the right amount of distorted crackle, while the reverbed vocals build atmosphere.

It’s their aggression though that wins out. Better blastbeats would really make Murock, and it’s perhaps something they should work on. What they do is by no means lacking – they’re brute heavy, as ‘They Are Only Human’ shows – but some more pace would put this band into shit-hot territory.

That’s only a bit of wish listing. What Murdock have here on this self release is a confident collection of tunes that at least half of is absolutely killer. It’s noisecore with a brain, and metal with a big fat fist. Check them.

3.9 / 5 –  Earl Grey ::: 25/10/09


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