Feed The Rhino – The Sorrow and The Sound ★★★★☆

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Artist: Feed The Rhino

Album: The Sorrow and The Sound

Release Date: June 16th 2014

Label: Century Media/Siege of Amida Records

The UK’s most incendiary live band Feed The Rhino set to release a new soundtrack to the chaos they ensue at every show. They’ve made a name for themselves as a ‘must-have’ support band, but now with ‘The Sorrow and The Sound’ have they made an album that can elevate them to headliner status?

‘New Wave’  opens the record and is a standard, straight forward FTR song with bruising riffs and Lee Tobin’s serrated edged vocals. Up next is the already released ‘Give Up’  which is a ballsy anthem fit for venues around the globe with its gang chant style chorus and dirty groove that runs through it and keeps it interesting. Guitarists James & Sam Colley  have proven over the bands previous releases that they know  how to write a raw hardcore/punk n roll’ riff, which this album has in abundance.

‘Behind The Pride’  was unveiled last year as a single and has made it onto the album. The guys write how they want to write and nothing is off limits, the first half of the song is your typical FTR song but then it swerves into a different area with clean singing and a slowed down chorus style section before it eventually goes back into the heavy to push on to its climatic ending. ‘Black Horse’  keeps the singing and surprises coming with a soft and gentle introduction that shows that FTR are more than just a one trick pony. A pleasant change of pace and listening experience, a beautiful song with fantastic sound and production throughout. A slightly predictable song but in an unpredictable setting still makes this a terrific win.

‘Revelation Not Revolution’  keeps the refreshing ideas coming with a wonderfully crafted melody and grandiose sounding solo section that builds and drops into what you now can expect it to from TS&TS. ‘Deny & Offend’  is a song that has all the elements you’ve heard from the previous songs and hones them together to create an absolute monster. The title track has a sinister build up and glides along ominously like a great white under the surface, toying with its prey before its final explosive attack. ‘Keep Your Purpose Hitman’  plods along nicely but by this time the gang chant style chorus has run its course and is sounding tired and recycled and doesn’t help to distinguish and separate the songs. Finally ‘Another Requiem’  ends the album on a high note with another chunk of melody filled instrumentation and harsh vocal delivery.

All in all Feed The Rhino have written a great piece of work that essentially for them to survive in the wild they needed to write, and they delivered it baring blood soaked teeth and raring to charge on.