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Album Review: Lower Than Atlantis - Far Q

Lower Than Atlantis are just the latest in a long line of UK hardcore punk bands and with 'Far Q' is their attempt to stand up and be noticed. Filled with energy and passion from the start, with additional social-aware lyrics; "We are the kids of the recession, credit cards, overdrafts, loans and no pensions." (from 'I'm Not Bulimic (I Just Wanted To See How Far I Could Stick My Fingers Down My Throat)'). It shows a band that are willing to lay it out for all to see.

Whilst lyrically honest, musically the trio don't reinvent the wheel but the band storm through a 40 minute onslaught, with stabbing guitars, pounding drums and fiery vocals ('Eating Is Cheating' is a good example of this). Although tracks like 'No Belts' and 'Face Full Of Scars' hint at variation, with the latter going at a more steady tempo, that sways and allows Mike Duce's vocals to stand out more.

In addition it has to be said, that the band manage to get the right balance between hardcore brutality (if there is such a thing) and acceptable melodies, as seen on the cliché titled 'A/S/L?'. 'Mike Duce's Symphony No.11 In D Minor' could be considered as the standard acoustic/stripped album number, but in an album that for the most part rushes by, it is somewhat refreshing with a good build up.

On the whole 'Far Q' has its good moments and is worth giving a chance, especially if you're a fan of the genre. As the band at times challenge themselves musically, but this is not shown on first listen. Weather or not Lower Than Atlantis can step out of a over-saturated, only time will tell.


'Far Q' by Lower Than Atlantis is available now on A Wolf At Your Door Records.

Lower Than Atlantis on MySpace.

Sean Reid

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