Once Nothing - First Came The Law

Published Friday 11th April 2008
Once Nothing - First Came The Law
Once Nothing - First Came The Law

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 40990-13675
LABEL: Solid State 5099951022525
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2008-01-18
PRICE: £9.97 RRP £12.99

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Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby

The new trend in the hard music scene seems to be a mixture of crushing metalcore meeting southern rock. First came The Showdown and Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, now along come young bloods Once Nothing. They describe their style as "blue-collar metal" as they are from Pittsburgh (rather than genuine good ol' boys). Josh Branas and David Burkes show off their dual guitar attack, aided by bassist Steve Lucarelli. Truly outstanding drumming is provided by Giuseppe Capolupo with precision, intensity and sheer technical ability. Todd Lowry sings mainly with a mid range growl and an occasional melodic tendency. The first lyric sums up their whole attitude, "Do you want to go for a RIDE?" as they grab you by the scruff of the neck and drag you into their frontier territory. On "Juliet Or At Least What's Left Of Her" he starts of with one huge howl almost drowning out the guitars. The acoustic ballad "My Sweet Medusa" with clear, calm vocals sits uncomfortably in the middle of the album and just doesn't seem to fit in. Thankfully they do not subject us to any more of this. There is no Christian content here apart from in "All My Heroes Are Cowboys" with its powerful lyric "Who are you paragon?/How can I trust those ribbons, if I cannot trust a carpenters hands?/Aged hands, calloused hands, those hands that I punctured." This contrasts rather oddly with other songs like "The Dust Of A Town" ("My mama said to me/Darling, you've got your daddy's temper/So you better watch your mouth/'Cause it'll lead you to the fire"). If you are a fan of August Burns Red or Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, then I would greatly recommend that you get this.


Sample Track Listing:
1. The Intimidator [Listen]
2. Avoid Me Like The Plague [Listen]
3. Juliet Or At Least What's Left Of Her [Listen]
4. Gunfire Is The Sound Of Freedom [Listen]
5. The Dust Of A Town [Listen]
6. My Sweet Medusa [Listen]
7. Columbus Wasn't Looking For America [Listen]
8. Then There Were Nine [Listen]
9. All My Heroes Are Cowboys [Listen]
10. The Truth About Me Or Someone Like Me [Listen]
11. Whiskey Breath [Listen]
12. And Then Came Grace [Listen]

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