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THIS IS AMMUNITION could be a sick torture method or the name of a new rock consortium from Hong Kong. T.I.A have been rehearsing and constructing music in a venue from the back end of Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Combined forces from the UK & Czech Republic. This combination has provided each member with a satisfyingly large need for volume, movement, guitar disturbing and ear drum punishment whilst and underlying value for popular song writing remains still ever so slightly true. Influences remain scarce but from the outlook of the set up of this 4-piece it could be suggested that you'll be in for a disco rock hammering with a large dose of hard riffing and screaming vocals.
Founded in May 2009, their bellicose rhythmic assault has drawn comparisons to Refused, Norma Jean, and Snapcase, among others.
Joe Hastings (Drums)
Peter Enderberg Gardiner (Vox)
Miroslav Polak (Guitar)
Simon Griffin (Bass)
1. Pushed Too Far
2. Tyler Durden
3. When Valkyries Fly
4. You Fucked Our Rock And Roll
5. Live Die Scarred
6. Killing Zoe
One word description of this EP – awesomeness.
Right from the word go, TIA grab hold of your scruff and shake you around like a rag doll for 6 songs of metallic goodness. I have a belief that there are certain kinds of metal music that one can use to illustrate what the word ‘awesome’ means to someone, and this kind is exactly what I’m talking about. As with their live show, the album is packed with anger and its expression, both in terms of its instrumental feel and lyrical themes. From the honest dissing of people that piss you off (Tyler Durden), to what appears to be a real-time description of how to escape a homicide attempt on you (Killing Zoe), the standard general-metal theme of struggle (in multiple senses) is present with little savoir-faire. What makes the vocals unique is the delivery – most of these lyrics are delivered in an intensely sneering nasal scream, which is more typical of genres like black metal, thrashcore or grindcore, none of which these guys are. Set against guitars and drums that draw appropriately from different genres at different times, their overall sound is unique to them.
It’s worth exploring the various styles they adopt through the songs to get a better idea of what they sound like, because while catchall terms like ‘aggro-rock’ are perfect for describing their attitude, they’re also fairly nondescript. There’s little by way of ‘solos’, and guitarist Miroslav seems to compensate for this by adding riff after riff. He has a real flair for playing fluid metal hooks that would make Tom Niemeyer (Accüsed/Gruntruck) proud, and accenting the rhythm in a more dissonant, heavy metal manner. The shredding, however, has the thick yet unabrasive texture of alt rock. This clever approach allows the guitars to blend well, while still letting the component parts is distinct and interesting in themselves. The drums and bass move between hardcore and metal, often within the same song. Acting as the effective High-Tension Wire of the songs, the rhythm changes they execute aren’t breakdowns, but more subtle variations on beats. Such finesse is always good to see in a metal-oriented band, many of which tend to be overly simplistic in their thinking. Overall, they sound like they are the logical Descendents (hehe) of crossover thrash pioneers, the Cro-Mags.
Pushed Too Far kicks off the album with its solid and driving feel, and moves smoothly into Tyler Durden. Live Die Scarred has an almost funk riff that is quickly translated back into metal-land, and is quite anthemic in its feel. The balancing act between all of the different musical directions is very well executed, and the shredding will drill itself into your brain. All of this is packed into songs that are a little over 3 minutes at their longest, and this brevity makes the songs even punchier. Clocking in at somewhere around 15 minutes, it makes for a well-spent quarter-hour.
Oh and did I mention it’s free? That just makes this release even cooler – for those that like metal-esque music of any kind, there’s really no good excuse not to give this one a listen.
Shashwati Kala: Underground HK
Live review from Underground Heavy #5
After having been left slightly cold by the previous set, TIA’s was a fully satisfying one. They have clearly visible (and audible) potential, and they did a hell of a job in fulfilling it. Right from the get-go, they were at full throttle, and their set just worked in every sense of the word. The audience, who had been somewhat reluctant to show enjoyment up to this point, started to show some emotion – and although it was, initially, confusion, the situation changed for the better as the set went on. They sound something like the deep, fast rhythms of Agent Orange (one of the first punk bands to mix punk and surf music) and the slower, pulverizing metallic style of Seattle’s Melvin’s. The commanding bass and thundering drums backed up a solid wall of guitars, which went from chugging rhythms to mind-bending solos with buttery ease. All this is topped up with the fairly nasal, yet still-venomous spitting of petulant, sneering lyrics by singer Pete. The combined effect was like a train driven by a psychotic engineer, more conducive to pogoing than traditional headbanging (which may explain some of the audience’s early confusion). The songs are all fairly short and pithy, which means that all of their awesomeness is packed into short, frenzied stretches, making for a very effective live act. The amount of energy in the performance was exhausting even to observers, and it made the songs even more primal and visceral. At points, the guitarist even jumped off-stage to plough his way, screaming, through the spectators, which was an excellent way to jumpstart the audience into action.
They sounded almost like the Accüsed at points (whose crossover thrash mixed many elements of hardcore and metal), especially during Tyler Durden. They have a more alternative side to their sound as well, as in Valkyries, whose texture-oriented dissonance made it sound more contemporary. By the time You Fucked Our…came around, you began to wonder just how many killer riffs one guitarist could have up his sleeve, because every song was juicily riff-laden. Basically, for the most part, the tension created by the rhythm section was extremely well balanced with the levity of the guitar, and the songs grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let go – which is exactly why they’re playing in a Heavy show, isn’t it?
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