"The Attic Sessions" (Fury 76; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Calling this band Runt is clearly a misnomer as they are far from diminutive in musical stature. Instead, Runt is a fierce new rock band from the UK that boasts two-thirds of UK rock luminaries The Almighty in its ranks. 

This blistering trio plays the kind of contagious hard rock that a combination of Helmet, Alice in Chains, and Thumb would make if blended together. Gritty, barked vocals attack your ears as a pummeling array of flailing guitars and cymbals collide with bulky bass lines anchoring the heaviness. 

Tracks like the serpentine staccato of "Exit" and the relentless "Oversize" are examples of unmitigated hard rock aggression at its finest. Underground (but not for long) "The Attic Sessions" with its metallic sheen and hardcore overtones, is a release that will make you stand up and take notice. 

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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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