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Reviewed on 20th July 2012.


Generation Doom

By Subsource

So, where to start? If you were to take the Prodigy, Killswitch Engage, Glassjaw, Dizzie Rascal, some eye of newt, Enter Shikari, Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, an evil spirit (Ed Balls will do) and Blink 182, smash them all into little pieces, mix them all up, melt them down and build them back up again into some sort of massive noise machine, then you would have some idea of what Subsource are bringing to the party.

'Generation Doom' is big, speaker shaking stuff, and an example of what can happen when blending genres is done well.

Lyrically, this record is, how can I put it? Angry for the sake of it. Their press release even describes their followers as 'the nameless and faceless'. I can think of another way to describe those who consider themselves to be nameless and faceless: losers. Just a bit of advice; it's a dangerous game to label your own fans. Anyway, I could rattle on all day about the overused 'disenfranchised' youth message being ever so boring and pointless.

But I'm not going to, because, for me, 'Generation Doom' isn't really about any of this. It's about energy, decadent fun, raw power and excitement. Subsource have a formidable live reputation, and with thumping bass lines, dirty guitar riffs and pummelling beats, it's not hard to see why.

Of course, this EP won't be for everyone. Many dismiss bands who make this kind of ruckus sound as mere noise merchants. To some degree this is true, but if you listen a little closer to Subsource's music, you can hear that underneath the electronic sound wall, there are one or two well written songs with intelligent key changes and pop-punk style hooks.

Furthermore, 'Generation Doom' has been released on Doombox Recordings, ever heard of them? No. Well that's because it's Subsource's own label. I have often been critical of indie labels, but in an age when YouTube and ITunes are saturated with unsigned artists all wanting to make a name for themselves, and the internet being, for lack of a better term, anti-capitalist, searching for the best and the brightest can be a bit like trying to find an attractive woman in Castleford (you know she's in there somewhere, but you just can see through the wall of flab and track-suits). Maybe then it's not the worst idea in the world to release through your own label.

I have, however, spotted one or two issues. First of all, the record's third offering, 'Lay You Out', is a bit of a letdown, and slows the positive momentum built up by the two preceding tracks. Also, the vocals are too low in the mix, and as I mentioned previously, the lyrical theme is somewhat one dimensional.

Overall, I quite enjoyed 'Generation Doom'. It certainly doesn't slot nicely into any traditional genre pigeon hole. Mainstream audiences probably won't appreciate it, I can't imagine that I'll be hearing it on Radio 2 any time soon, but if you want a bit more bit from your electronic, if you want more aggression from your speakers and if you think your ears are hard enough, then look no further.



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