Sneek - Fire Starter

Published Tuesday 26th July 2005
Sneek - Fire Starter
Sneek - Fire Starter

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13248-2884
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Greg Sammons

To the more fashion-conscious hard music buff, this band may seem a little too old hat; after all Sneek purvey a brand of nu-metal that saw its peak at the turn of the millennium. But I rather enjoyed this EP. From the start of the first (and perhaps the best) track on the EP you can see their musical influences nailed heavily to the mast, chief amongst them must be the pioneering rapcore (a term used before nu-metal even existed!) outfit, Rage Against The Machine. Whilst RATM's music was heavily politically charged, it's obvious that Sneek's lyrical influence comes from somewhere much higher - well let's be honest, you can get any higher than him! The band in fact is tied to one of the biggest and most influential churches in the UK, Bradford's Abundant Life. I've been reliably informed that the band's next project will see them take a different direction musically, which is perhaps a safe thing to do in light of nu-metal's demise but I still find this project to be a worthy release and deserves to give them exposure further afield. They managed to play last year's Meltdown and this year's Greenbelt, perhaps as a result of this CD and I can understand why. Whilst the production isn't amazing and it rather diminishes their larger/louder live sound it does still provide a useful debut.

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