OCTOBER FILE

"Our Souls to You" (Candlelight; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The rebellious streak of British metal act October File is alive and well in their music as shown on latest disc "Our Souls to You."

Furiously pounding out with a punishing array of clanging Ministry-esque rhythms while supporting a string of conspiracy theory-inspired political rants and social diatribes akin to arguably the band’s biggest influence, Killing Joke, this quartet’s angst-ridden hardcore punk contains an anarchistic aura that you can’t buy at the mall (“Isolation”) propelling their harsh hybrid of metal, punk, and industrial past the point of angry into a whole new level of contempt.

Juxtaposing metallic brute force with a mechanized heartbeat fueled by repetitive mantras revealing excessive fits of displaced rage towards the powers that be (“Dredge”), this 10-track release comes with a bonus four tracks remixed by industrial metal pioneer Justin Broadrick, who tacks on more throbbing beats than a discoteque on a Saturday night while subtly accentuating the band’s condemnation for those in control via samples and atmospheric reinterpretations of October File’s intended themes and viewpoints.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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