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Review: 'The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing'
'Double Negative'   

-  Label: 'Leather Apron Records'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '9.3.18.'

Our Rating:
Yes the biggest and best mouthful of a steaming Victorian obsessed sludgy punk metal band anywhere are back with the bands 4th album Double Negative. Yes Andy Heintz has survived throat cancer in style and is back to howl and rasp at us in fine style accompanied by Marc Burrows on Bass and vocals and Andrew O'Neils thrashy guitars and screaming and anger making the vocals perfect for tale telling and lyrical interplay to tell the bands stories of Victoriana with Jez Miller providing the cool and interesting drumming at the core of the bands sound.

As ever they are digging into the Victorian mire from the opener Supply & Demand that sort of re-writes the Brecht Eisler song of the same name into an ode about Burke And Hare and other gravediggers finding bodies for medical science over romping thrashing guitars and perfect for howling along to chorus that as an opening song is just the tonic.

Then they are singing about Amelia Dyer the Baby Farmer who is somewhat different to today's surrogates etc although she had far darker methods and motives as she was a Foster Parent who actually drowned the babies in the Thames as the music for this tale has that sort of street punk meets thrash metal feel to it that makes the doomed interlude that welcomes you down to the deep bowels of the Thames is brilliant.

Hidden opens like a good scream anthem until the almost spoken vocals tell a tale of properly underground club scene and magick ritual that sounds almost like a good Type o Negative or Nine Inch Nails song, with a proper body slamming sound as they burn in the underground like they have gone to the hellfire Club or something similar.

Disease Control has almost opposing vocals fighting over the outbreak of Cholera in Soho as the bodies rise and pile up in the streets and the buzzing guitars they need to find help soon and John Snow figured out the disease was in the water, which is probably why they named a pub after him.

Obscene Fucking Machine is about the second in line to the throne Prince Bertie and his voracious food and sexual habits and some of what he was up to and how they tried to stop the house of cards from falling down as Jez Millers Drums punctuate the tale and the guitars strafe across the mix with more urgency than was shown to stop the Cleveland street scandal back in the day when it was known for very young rent boys.

Occam's razor is a perfect film pitch in a 2 minute 58 second song with a cool break down in the middle of this song about the creation of the ripper myth that of course is a tale that also connects into the Cleveland Street scandal and who might profit from creating this powerful myth that can never be solved.

God Is In The Bottom Line is an properly angry bile ridden tune about the dangers of working in the factories at the beginning of the machine age and the kids whose fingers has been lost in the machines just to increase the profit line.

There She Glows isn't quite the pirate metal piss take it could have been instead a tale of Madame Curie and what radiation did to her with strained lyrics and wonderfully contorted and almost atrophied guitars I love the sound they have on it and the sad outcome for a brilliant woman.

The album closes with the more modern day are we in new victorian times but yet to happen There's Going To Be A Revolution and the poor and starving rise up to take over from the rotting corpse that is the establishment and is in many ways sadly the only song on the album that isn't based on true stories so to speak but a great slow sludgy metal song to end another great album from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.

Find out more at http://www.blamedfornothing.com/ https://blamedfornothing.bandcamp.com/
  author: simonovitch

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