Eskimo Callboy – MMXX EP

Eskimo Callboy – MMXX EP
Century Media Records
Release Date: 11/09/20
Running Time: 20:40
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

Way back in the day, German Electronicore outfit Eskimo Callboy broke ground with viral hit ‘Is Anyone Up?’, a catchy yet horrendously gaudy tome about an early 2010’s revenge porn website that apparently had it in for the metalcore community. It garnered the band moderate success and attention for a style of music that was at an all-time high in popularity. Ultimately though, it was the Asking Alexandria’s, Attack Attack!’s and Enter Shikari’s of the scene that broke through into commercial success with the Germans seemingly fizzling away as a modern one-hit wonder.

However, as it turns out, the group has been persevering in mainland Europe with the backing of a dedicated Electronicore community and are fit to re-debut as Eskimo Callboy 2.0.

Armed with new co-vocalist Nico Sallach, Eskimo Callboy caught everyone’s attention with the unbelievably infectious ‘Hypa Hypa’ earlier in the year. In one fell swoop, the band managed to address nearly every complaint thrown at the Electronicore genre over the past decade –  from over-saturation of auto-tune, bland riffs and an over-reliance on the electronic aspect – and produce a well-written, well-mixed, earworm belter that is as much indebted to The Devil Wears Prada as it is to Scooter.

The bar for the rest of the EP then, has been set. And to start with, it holds up pretty darn well.

‘Hate/Love’ brings familiarities of Asking Alexandria on their “From Death To Destiny” run with a strong hard rock vibe strung throughout the metalcore and a chorus fit for Reading/Leeds as much as it is for Download. The ludicrously named ‘MC Thunder II (Dancing Like a Ninja)’ damn-near reaches the same ridiculous levels of ‘Hypa Hypa’ with the electronics comfortably and properly supporting the slew of power chord riffs as Nico and resident screamer Kevin Ratajczak lose their collective minds, before returning to the world of europop-rock for the chorus.

There is a definite drop in the quality post-‘MC Thunder II’ though. Initial thoughts of ‘Monsieur Moustache’ were that it sounds like a B-side to Enter Shikari’s debut album, which makes sense when you realise that it is in fact a rerecording of one of Eskimo Callboy’s first songs released, dating back to 2010. The lyrics have been updated to make it *slightly* less problematic but the post-hardcore/screamo with a Fisher-Price keyboard yeeted at it mix has not aged well at all. It’s the same story again for ‘Dramaqueen’, another “classic” rehashed with the new line-up and ender ‘Prism’ which features the finger finagling prowess of German percussive acoustic guitarist Tobias Rauscher, is a full acoustic reconstruction of a track from their 2019 album “Rehab”. Weirdly enough, out of everything on the EP, this acoustic ballad is the most jarring thing you’ll hear. After over 15 minutes of dance-party metalcore spanning a decade, to then suddenly jump to sombre, moody balladry is like running track for a triathlon only to find the swimming section will be in a pool of hummus.

MMXX is nothing if not a fun affair. Trying to feel like a nightclub and a rock show at the same time is no easy task, and to pull it off as well as the first half of the EP has, should earn Eskimo Callboy all the acclaim they deserve, particularly when you consider the current music climate. Lyrically, they still won’t exactly be challenging Tool anytime soon. The broken English charm that endeared them to so many in the early days is still there, but so is the “woo! Sex!” mentality from the glory days of neon and black shirts and hair sprayed fringes.

If you can withstand the lyrical choices being made, and you want something to fill the void Falling in Reverse left behind when Ronnie decided to be a super serious and broody Rockstar man, then this new era of Eskimo Callboy could very well be the ones for you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Hypa Hypa
02. Hate/Love
03. MC Thunder II (Dancing Like a Ninja)
04. Monsieur Moustache
05. Dramaqueen
06. Prism [ft. Tobias Rauscher]

LINE-UP:
Kevin Ratajczak – Unclean Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Nico Sallach – Clean and Unclean Vocals
Daniel Haniß – Lead Guitar
Pascal Schillo – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Daniel Klossek – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
David-Karl Friedrich – Drums

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Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP

Take Us To Your Leader EP Cover

Nebula State – Take Us To Your Leader EP
Self-Released
Release Date 21/03/2019
Running Time: 23:32
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On the 11th February this year I received a message asking if I would be interested in doing an EP review and I said of course I would be happy to. The EP name is “Take Us To Your Leader” and it is by Midlands based Metalcore/Electronicore band “Nebula State”!

Even though it has taken me a while to review I have been listening to this ever since I received it. I had heard of Nebula State before, not much in all fairness, but some and I thought they were alright, but listening to this has made my opinion of them increase.

There is something I really like about listening to this selection of songs and that is it’s not all just in your face screaming, it balances the amount of both screaming and singing which is awesome and a great pick-me-up. The songs are great to listen to because, in a few, the instruments are really fast and heavy whereas the singing is so calm. This makes me feel really happy because it shows that even though they are an amazing Metalcore band, the word Metalcore doesn’t mean that they are just about screaming or grunting but sing as well with such finesse.

I will be straight up and say I really have enjoyed “Take Us To Your Leader”. It has been over a month since I received it and I can’t stop listening to it. I have listened to other albums but I have always been dragged back to this one because it’s ‘feel good; listening and as someone who has had writers block and has also been struggling with depression, listening to this cheers me up while going through the pain and I couldn’t ask much more from an EP. I, like many others enjoy listening to heavy metal, it’s what keeps me moving forward and Nebula State are the type of band which I need as part of my music listening to stay upbeat!

Now comes the toughest part which is the rating of the EP. Even though it is tough it is a key part to any review and so, with that said, the rating couldn’t be anything short of a 9/10, I love it so much but that isn’t the end of it. Within this storming collection of songs I have a favourite and that track is ‘Catch Me’. Vocally it is amazing and the song is beyond words so I couldn’t rate it any lower than a10/10. It’s one of those songs that you keep going back to even if you have the whole thing on repeat. I know that in my dark times I can turn to that song and I’ll start feeling better.

I would like to thank the members of the band Joey Grey – Vocals, Ethan Cottier – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Sheriff – Drums and Kyle Jones – Bass Guitar. You guys have put so much work into “Take Us To Your Leader” and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to review it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. This Poison
02. Your Monster
03. Catch Me
04. Black Aura
05. Darkness Descends
06. Broken Bones

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/NebulaState/
https://www.instagram.com/nebulastate/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1MB7BMydg0GpBENMy7EVRQ

 

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