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100 Bullets Back - A Duty to Yourself and Thy Neighbour

by Steve Reynolds Rating:7 Release Date:2010-08-15

Sinster, eerie, unhinged - words you don't apply liberally to bands of today, but it's a catalogue of phrases you can attribute to Oxford industrial electronic beat-blasting mentalists, 100 Bullets Back.

This their second offering A Duty to Yourself and Thy Neighbour is simply a mess of hard hitting beats and belligerent lyrics that can't fail to raise more than a passing eyebrow. It's a rollercoaster from the off. With opener 'Ted Danson', it rips along with distorted vocals and pounding bottom feeder beats.

What's clever about the album is that because its dark and heavy, it slots into a league of its own. There are plenty of bands doing the electronic thing, but its all become very samey, lightweight and wishy washey. These boys are putting the kick back into synths in a NIN style and it's a breath of fresh air. 'All These DJs' starts with a whirlpool of samples from a raft of 80s computer games. It then goes all front 242 on us with hypnotic wave after wave of relentless heavy beats which pummel you into submission.

The album is full of fresh sounding songs, the energy from the duo shines through, and is more than evident in the lighter moment that is 'Anger Management Co'. However, it's a partial respite before 'German Dancing Musik' throws you back into the throng of 100-plus BPM. Its more of a squelchy affair but has a distinct moody feel about it.

100 Bullets Back have taken their influences from bands such as Suicide, Soft Cell, Pop Will Itself and The Young Gods, stuck them in a mixing desk and looked for an end result that could catapult them into the mainstream. If you like those influences then you will be more than in awe of this.

On the basis of the 12 tracks on this album, success should only be moments round the corner. It's their destiny as it's an impressive and high quality piece of music which deserves more than a minority ear.


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