7 OUT OF 10
I must admit, I kind of jumped into this review with my eyes closed. I had never really heard of R.S.J and had no idea what they sounded like….at all!! So, imagine my reaction, one Monday morning, when I plugged my USB stick into the car stereo for my journey to work, and Dan Cook’s vocals screamed back at me?? If anything was going to shake off those Monday morning blues, this album was!
R.S.J are a metalcore/grindcore band from Yorkshire, England and were formed in 2002 when they set about creating heavy, groovy noise metal. Their name comes from the construction item, “rolled steel joint” and is referencing “a good support and a piece of heavy metal.”
Their debut EP “The Day After” was released in September 2002 and their high-energy, high-impact live shows earned them support slots with bands such as Funeral For A Friend, Raging Speedhorn and Orange Goblin. Sheer hard work secured them as headliners on the Scuzz TV stage at Bloodstock in 2007, an opening slot on the Jägermeister stage at Sonisphere in 2010 and 2012 gave them their debut appearances at both Hammerfest and HRH: Road Trip to Ibiza. 2008 also saw them as opening act on The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III show in Wolverhampton alongside Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth.
So what of “Giant Glenn”, the fourth release by this underground metal band? Well, quiet is NOT a word that I would use to describe it.
From the outset the album is loud (very loud!), heavy and full of riffs, something, which I discovered whilst doing my research, this band are very good at, and there is an obvious brutality about it.
Much of the album has an abrasive nature, the screaming vocals of Cook, the frantic guitar work and outstanding drum and bass work subjecting the listener to a total sonic onslaught, a barrage of noise coming through the speakers.
There is no let up on the speed and ruthlessness for the first four songs on the album until “Dear Jane”, a melancholy guitar ballad, which gives the listener just a minute and a half respite, before “Hit The Road Jack”, the first single from the album, and which features the fierce guest vocals of John Loughlin (Raging Speedhorn) launches them full speed into the oncoming juggernaut that is the rest of the album.
The band is tight, all working together fantastically, and each is obviously a very talented musician, able to change tempo and direction at the drop of a hat.
This album will not appeal to everyone but for those who like their metal extreme, this should be on their shopping list.
I don’t know if they will make it as a more mainstream band, and to be honest, I don’t know if they would even want to, but over the past fourteen or so years, R.S.J have established their place in the underground metal scene and this album should cement them there.
But don’t take my word for it……Go get a copy and try it for yourself!!
- Giant Glenn
- Fuck Off Joe
- Right Turn Clyde
- Blood Mary
- Dear Jane
- Hit The Road Jack
- Gordon’s Alive
- Dear John
- For Pete’s Sake
- Play It Again Sam
- Dan Cook – vocals / samples
- Matthew Gamblin – bass / backing vocals
- “Guff” Thomas – guitar / backing vocals
- Dan Kentley – guitar / effects
- Greg Parsons – drums / percussion
- Also available on Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn
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