Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
Alien Ant Farm : ANThology
First release on Papa Roach's label. Continues insect theme
Sure, tracks like 'Courage' simmer with malevolent guitars and raw-throated hollering. There's more than an echo, too, of the Deftones' dark churn on the Ant Farm's more expansive songs. And it's easy to see why the big pop gnarl that is 'Movies' became such a ubiquitous single in the US, and why it will infest your world come early summer.
Hidden under the pit floor, however, are frankly scarier prospects. Like AAF's toe-curling cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' or the awful sub-Police reggae lurch of 'Flesh And Bone'. Singer Dryden Mitchell over-emotes at every turn too, further slickening 'ANThology's pomp rock gloss.
They're trying to make a mountain of an ant hill, where we'd be content with a record that just rocks.
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