Four-piece English rock band Aneurysm’s relentless approach to hardcore rock is exhibited in On Your Own, an album that was recorded in just two days and mixed for over six months. While the band has a solid fan base in their hometown of Huddersfield and in nearby Leeds, this record will serve to expose the musicians to a much larger audience.
A lone guitar breaks the silence at the beginning of “On Your Own” the first track on the album. The instrumentation quickly erupts into a full-fledged rock band style with pounding drums, screaming guitars and hardcore vocals. The constant alternating that occurs between lyrical sections and energetic instrumental sections drives the song forcefully to its end without once losing any dynamics.
The first track seamlessly transitions to “B.A.T.S.” a similarly styled song featuring choruses of yells and hosts of guitars collectively generating a storm of sound that hovers dangerously close to the edge of chaos. The riffs repeatedly heard on this track are ultra-catchy, making this track a definite highlight of the record.
The next track “Limbo” is a short song, but packs many elements into a short span of music. A throbbing bass comprises the intro of the song before a rolling snare drum propels the song into the band’s typical soundscape. The vocals in this song break from the screaming for a bit and venture into tonal notes, something that the band does without abandoning their model grit.
The album comes to an end with “Intervention” but no real surprises are present in the album’s closing song. Vitality and energy are forefront in the mix, and the dynamics are unabating right to the very end. Overall, On Your Own is a fantastic introduction to a talented band, and listeners will most assuredly find themselves listening to the album over and over again.
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