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The Hyena Kill - Blisters

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 7:55 AM

They're back and more pissed off than ever before

Never ones to sit still, The Hyena Kill are back; this time with a double A-side single which sees them sounding more pissed off than ever before. This website makes no restraints with regards to our admiration for the noisy-as-hell duo, consisting of guitarist and vocalist Steven Dobb and drummer Lorna Blundell. Heavy, venomous and viscous, this is a band that doesn’t do things by half. Their songs are raw and uncompromising, the sound of two likeminded characters getting together and jamming until their ears bleed.

With every new release this band has raised their game; shapeshifting in subtle ways that, while making huge differences to the overall quality of their songs whilst remaining loyal to the DNA that makes up a sonic palette which has already won them a strong and devoted fan base. The band continue to surprise us – the watermark of a great band – and Blisters carries on that trend in a thrilling fashion.

"Like the boogieman in an Armani suit."

After a few short seconds of feedback which ignites the short but ultimately explosive fuse of Still Sick, the results which follow are simply emphatic. Blundell’s snare roll hisses at you like a cobra pouncing on its unsuspecting prey, Dobbs’ guitars then take the helm. A punchy, scattershot riff blares at you with a polished tone that does wonders to the overall sound. Yet, the smarter finish, like the boogieman in an Armani suit, while tidying up its appearance, there is still a savage beast lurking beneath. The verse drops to a groove reminiscent of those great eccentrics in the Melvins before combusting once more in a flourish of ricocheting drums, gruff, spat vocals and boisterous guitar work.

The Hyena Kill are deceitfully heavy. They’ve always come across as a band nestling more on the commercial side of rock, writing songs that could receive plenty of airplay and attention from the likes of Rock Sound and Kerrang!. But the music on offer here is far from your sickly sweet, teenage gateway type band the likes of those magazines so often champion, this is nasty, chokehold rock n’ roll. The fact they can appeal to the camps on both sides of the fence is hugely impressive.

Blisters itself is built around a hip-shaking, spinning rhythm which supplies the perfect hotbed for Dobb to unleash a torrent of roared vocals and for Blundell to beat the seven shades out of her kit. The song is bristling with energy that drags you with it like a riptide.

The musicianship is ever improving within this band and it is thrilling to see their evolution. Here the band have arguably released their most powerful dual-pronged attack to date, it’s a release which stands as proof positive of this band’s greatness and Manchester Rock’s unwavering faith in them. A fantastic band and another brilliant effort from them.

Words: Phil Weller

The band are playing at Soup Kitchen, 21st March to celebrate the release.
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