Three years after their formation and a year after the release of their debut single Lincolnshire-based AnTi-cLoNe have announced the release of a debut EP, ‘Hands Sewn Together‘. This is a 5-track release that includes the 2013 single ‘1984‘ and is due for release in late August with a video to follow. The band are an industrial metal outfit with music bordering, at times, on the extreme but is infused with some genuinely melodic riffs that add a surprising variation to the songs.
The first track, ‘Take This Pill‘ opens with a variation of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Wanton Song’ intro before going off in another direction entirely developing a . Elements of Linkin Park creep in along with Marilyn Manson but the sound is all AnTi-cLone. ‘Here Comes the Flood‘ is next and hits you like a jack-hammer from the first note. The strong bass carries this along with the accompanying metal-rap lyrics. ‘1984’ is the third track on the EP. This was also the bands 2013 single and kicks-off in the style of Jay Gordon’s ‘Slept so Long’ from the movie Queen of the Damned with whispered lyrics and a jungle drum beat before the fuzzed guitars take over to wake you up a bit, a little bit of Korn-ology! Track 4 is ‘System‘ and is another of those that could have appeared in Queen of the Damned. This is probably my favourite track on the EP and starts of very melodically before descending into the depths of dark metal and then the melodies re-surface again only to be battered into submission by a metal hammer. Some trick guitar riffs towards the end make a nice contribution. The EP ends with ‘The Usurper‘ a track that starts dark and stays dark all the way through.
That is all. AnTi-cLoNe are a great live band and people should get out and see them although their ability to hold alcohol has been called into question! Despite this apparent weakness the EP is a fine addition to any metal heads collection, thoroughly recommended.
A fine addition to any metal heads collection, thoroughly recommended.