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Kerrang!’s Crazyfists

Posted on February 12, 2008

A rather lovely live review of 36 Crazyfists in Kerrang!, so we thought we’d share it with you…. 36 Crazyfists, plus Eighteen Visions, Bullet For My Valentine. Corporation, Sheffield 16.10.04 KKKK On the video for í¢ä‰åñHand Of Bloodí¢ä‰åŒ, the lead track from their forthcoming debut mini-album, Bullet For My Valentine rain blood on a room full of people in a scene lifted straight from vampire flick í¢ä‰åñBladeí¢ä‰åŒ. As subtle as an acid enema perhaps, but the direct approach appears to suit this welsh quartet best. Tempering razor sharp riffs with deft melodic strokes, they present a simple but hugely effective noise combining a Wildhearts-flavoured pure rock stomp, old school metallic guitar pyrotechnics and an abrasive hardcore edge. Add the fact that Matt Tuck is a poster boy in the making and the evidence suggests you’ll be hearing a lot more about them soon. Eighteen Visions also slam their genres into the blender, but the Californians sound a lot more forced. Songs like the aptly named í¢ä‰åñCrushí¢ä‰åŒ are out out-and-out metalcore sluggers, but then they’ll throw out a pop punk hook apropos of nothing or shoehorn a blast beat into the mix. Frontman and Jacoby Shaddix-alike James Hart has an impressive set of longs to match all occasions, but his stadium rock shape throwing (at one point he appears to be riding an invisible motorcycle) and constant attempts at ingratiating banter (um, í¢ä‰åñShout ‘fuck yeah’ if you like Def Leppardí¢ä‰åŒ_í¢ä‰åŒ) soon begin to grate. 36 Crazyfists’s Brock Lindow is almost as cheesy, but at least it seems spontaneous as he asks to see us í¢ä‰åñspit it out England-styleí¢ä‰åŒ í¢ä‰åäóì whatever that means. Possibly the green and yellow phlegm storm that fills the air when he later invites the crowd to í¢ä‰åñhawk a loogieí¢ä‰åŒ at drummer Thomas Noonan. Hails of hepatitis aside, the impressively-mutton-chopped vocalist does a sterling job of marshalling the troops í¢ä‰åäóì not that they need much encouragement. ‘A Snow Capped Romance’ might be a more measured collection compared to their bristling debut album (not to mention boasting a title straight from the Random Emo Generator) but live the keep their heaviness intact. Tonight’s set pretty much follows the newer album’s track-listing and while the fractious ‘Slit Wrist Theory’ causes absolute mayhem, the likes of ‘The Heart And The Shape’ and ‘Kenai’ are received like old, if vicious and slightly deranged friends. The new single ‘Blood Work’ and the brooding ‘Skin And Atmosphere’ í¢ä‰åäóì the biggest departures in terms of melody and the structure í¢ä‰åäóì also slot right in and, while a few more older songs would have been nice, the new and improved 36CFs still do the job in consummate style.

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