“Our World Below? clearly have their own identity and are swiftly carving their own sound in the world of Metal with their melodic sensibilities and aggressive delivery. The band promise that this is a precursor to another full length release in 2017 but this is more than enough to whet your appetite in the meantime.”
Shropshire based Our World Below? have released the follow up to Democracy… And The Illusion Of Choice with the self- produced e.p Dwarf The Earth – featuring three tracks of their alternative tinged hard hitting metal. Formed in 2013 the band have been creating a formidable reputation tearing up venues across the Midlands and playing with UK heavyweights such as Sylosis along the way.
Opener Silence The Morning shows frontman Dave Riley’s ability to go from clean passages to shrieks effortlessly, which sits perfectly over the complex rhythmic changes, punishing grooves and stellar guitar work. At over Seven minutes in length this opener is brimming with riffs, hooks, melody and aggression and the constant twists and turns keeps the listener pinned back in the chair (or whipping up a frenzy along to the music) throughout. The title track opens with a Pantera like groove but soon takes grip of its own identity, the rhythm section is super tight adding to the aggression of the delivery. There is some great contrasting guitar work here between the two guitarists Jamie Edwards-Taylor and Neil Preece and as the song develops there are some great melodies from both the layered vocals and guitars, whilst never treading on each other’s toes. Closing track Kick finger is a personal favourite of mine and takes no prisoners with it’s opening riffage and old school. The chorus for me is the perfect mix of punishing aggression and melodic sensibilities and the song has a real live feel, brimming with energy. There is also some tasty lead guitar work and it’s refreshing to hear some melodic phrasing – as opposed to yet another band playing their millionth sweep picked arpeggio.
Self -producing music can often go either way but for a band such as Our World Below? who clearly have their own identity and are swiftly carving their own sound this e.p has paid off considerably. The band promise that this is a precursor to another full length release in 2017 but this is more than enough to whet your appetite in the meantime.
Check these guys out at:
SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST – 02 ACADEMY 3 – BIRMINGHAM (HEADLINE SHOW)
SATURDAY 16TH JULY – THE ARCHES COVENTRY – S.O.P.H.I.E. FEST
Reviewed by Ian Guest