Sharp Weapons – Sharp Weapons

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Static Tensions Recordings
Released: 2016
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sharp-Weapons-119249884757227

Band line-up:
Sharp Weapons
Sharp Weapons

Josh Simcosky-Guitar
Brett Southard-Drums
Justin Mantooth-Bass
Jimmy Wing-Vocals

Track listing:

1. EAT ANOTHER CHORD
2. ACID.F**K
3. CONSUME
4. RABBIT HOLE
5. G.D.H
6. BRILLIANT NORMAL
7. SEPARATION
8. GENERAL JACK RIPPER
9. CO SLEEPER

Review:

Add a sprinkling of punk rock to an appetite for heavy riffs to get a feel for what Kansas City’s rising post-hardcore outfit SHARP WEAPONS sound like. Think Every Time I Die, Botch, and High On Fire and you won’t be far wrong.

This is a slow burner of an album, the more you listen to it the more it grows on you. The songs seem in places to be separate pieces of music joined together but having no relations to one another. Strangely, for the most part, it works. The vocal screams of Jimmy Wing sound suitably on the edge and fit the music well too. Ultimately the album leaves you feeling slightly uneasy which is probably a good thing.

Opener, “Eat Another Chord” has a chuggy opening that goes on for far too long before breaking into a groove laden riff that propels the rest of the song along nicely. The music occasionally reminds me of Shihad, although not as sophisticated (not a bad thing).

“Acid.F_K” starts in a similar manner with a chunky, punctuated riff. This soon gives way to a sludgey bridge, taking the pace down several notches. Then there is a bridge which takes the music off in a different direction altogether before returning to the chug and some melodious guitar picking.

“Consume” is like a card player who shows his hand before calling- everything is a little too obvious. This track soon turns into a syncopated melee before twisting into something else again. This is a perfect example of a song which appears to be several pieces stitched together without any real flow. Like I say, on many levels it actually works very well.

“Rabbit Hole” starts with a nasty, nasty riff and a guitar so over distorted it is difficult to pick individual notes. This is an instrumental and is quite short. Without the vocals to glue the whole together it definitely seems to be missing something.

“GDH” increases the pace and is probably one of the best tracks on the album for me. Nice little breakdown mid song and a nice groove to bang your head too.

“Brilliant Normal” starts off with a guitar riff which dances all over the fret board. When the eventual blast beat cuts in, it leaves me a little bit cold though, thankfully the passage is quite short and then we’re back to the dancing guitar. Second time around, the blasting jolts less.

“Separation” is driven along at a good pace, although there is too little variation to make this a killer song. I hesitate to say “not bad” but this is the overwhelming feel for this one until halfway through we have a complete change of direction and pace. The riffing here is very nice and and some distinctive guitar work raises the bar. Probably the standout track of the album because it dares to be different.

“General Jack Ripper” passes me by without too much to make me sit up I’m afraid. Closing track “Sleeper” however has enough interesting stuff happening to make you get your listening ears on.

In summary, the overall sound of this album is pretty raw, it’s not over produced at all. Most of the songs run at a similar pace and there are few surprises even without the strange disjointed song writing that has been used. There is enough here to make me want to see these guys live, which is likely to be where they will shine. Indeed, much of the album has a live feel to it.

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