The Bullet Party wastes no time on their album No Future in getting the party started with a taste for die hard rock. It’s a full cylinder assault of badassery and good times rolled into a thick piece and smoked no filter. Several moments make No Future sound a lot like Every time I Die, but the record’s majority stands out amidst the relentless rock punk contemporaries, thanks mostly to its strong sense of riff and intensity balanced with post modern elements and melodic choices a la Stone Sour, Seether and the like.
All of this adds up to a powerhouse storm of guitar and drums that won’t quit. The vocals tear and sever the tracks like muscles reborn from a long day at the gym. Each track introduces a new exercise in hard knock rock and never shies away from pouring on the effects making The Bullet Party brand grow with sonic appeal. Their progression is smooth and develops into new territory just a shade at a time. These five tracks will leave your head a little sore so start stretching now.
“Holy Toledo” uses washed out treble in the intro and then cranks it with a punch in the face effects crescendo. The snare hits on 4 and the rest is a collapse of epic proportion as the riff grabs you by the throat and tells you to like it. Rock has never quite sounded so raw and energetic without being overtly violent or malevolent. You know what they call this? Rock with balls; it’s that simple. When the next track starts up you get the feeling that The Bullet Party is holding back some real slamming shit because they don’t start soft for nothing.
“Paint The City” delivers it all by the 1:30 mark with some sick tone and the harmonics are spot on, like 311’s “Down” from ’95 but yet not dated in the slightest. What works knows no age. This chugging burner of grunge metal rips in 6/8 making it the grooviest jam cut on the album. “Sleepwalk” takes a few tips from its predecessor and then just lays it out with driving snare in place of the heavy half time edge. Vocally, this track tears at the chords and stretches to pronounce breaks and holds with an unforgettable confidence. This is definitely a group to see live. Until then, put this in your earhole and dig in.
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