house vs hurricane Crooked Teeth (digipak CD, £11.50)label: Equal Vision
For explosive Melbourne rockers House VS Hurricane, second album Crooked Teeth represents a sonic rebirth. Having made a name for themselves in Australia with steadily sold out shows and support slots with acts as diverse as Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari and The Amity Affliction House Vs Hurricane cemented their reputation as the band to watch very early on. The band were only just hitting their stride after headlining run across Europe, when lead singer Chris Dicker announced his departure from the band. House Vs Hurricane retreated quietly from the public eye to reassess. Little did their fans know, they were entering a key transformative process. Now House Vs Hurricane emerge from hibernation sporting a re-energised lineup. Sans keyboards and boasting a new frontman in former Nazarite Vow vocalist Dan Casey, House Vs Hurricane have not only reformed, they’ve created what will be regarded as one of 2012’s best heavy releases. Crooked Teeth merges the band’s ability to pen soaring choruses with off-kilter technical passages. It combines ambient beauty and crushing breakdown to devastating effect. Under the masterful watch of New Jersey’s Machine (Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari and The Amity Affliction), House Vs Hurricane successfully sidestepped the pitfalls and creative cul-de-sacs so many of their peers find themselves confronted by. Crooked Teeth runs the full gamut of rock. Pummeling heavy metal and braggadocio collide head-on in savage opener “40 Deep” which is masterfully contrasted by skillful melodic interplay in the arena-ready anthem of “Lost World”. Crooked Teeth sways effortlessly between punk rock aggression and delicate rock numbers without skipping a beat. Crooked Teeth is a bold statement. It is House VS Hurricane’s line in the sand. Which side are you on?
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