September 12, 2017 |

Helpless – Debt

Helpless – Debt

September 12, 2017 |

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Born from the ashes of Brotherhood of the Lake and Godsick, Helpless are an aggressively heavy entity hailing from Plymouth. This is their debut album after their demos were released as an EP by record label Holy Roar.The first thing to notice here is the progression in terms of recording quality. While the EP sounded like it had been recorded in a biscuit tin, the sound on Debt is far richer while still maintaining it's furious nature and still sounding disgustingly heavy. The guitar is rough and ready, a truly grinding and unfriendly tone. Seriously, this is so nasty it'll steal your nan's seat on the bus.

Beyond the initial fury of the record though, the musicianship is outstanding, from the complex drum attack in the introduction to Grief Vultures to the bouncing bass-line on Sinkhole.  Although, as I will expand on later, there is a degree of simplicity to the song structures, the riffs are punishing and all the instrumental parts accent each other perfectly to create this crushing masterpiece.