September 12, 2017 |

Helpless – Debt

Helpless – Debt

September 12, 2017 |

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This album is a fantastic example of how to plant a riff idea and grow a song from it, moving in different directions whilst staying recognisable and relatable to the original riff concept. Where a band like Converge, or even label-mates Employed To Serve specialise in freaking out in all directions during a single song, Helpless bulldoze through 22 minutes with less ideas but no less power and brilliance.

If this album finished after 9 tracks it would still be absolutely fantastic. As it is, they save the best (and longest, at over five minutes) for last with Denied Sale grinding through on the same initial doomy riff with atmospherics swirling as Steve bellows his anger over the top. And just as you think it has ended, the riff kicks back in and blasts on for a further assault on your senses before ending.

This album is a definitive statement in modern heavy music and stands toe to toe with the best works of the year which, in this annus rockabillis, is truly saying something.