October File - _Holy Armour From the Jaws of God_
(Candlelight Records, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (7 out of 10)
Truth be told, October File could have scored at least one point higher had their second full-length not been preceded by either the new Ministry or last year's frankly phenomenal Killing Joke effort. For when it comes to cramming more energy into a single riff than you can shake a hat at, combining it with a rhythm that makes you -want- to break things and coupling it with a socially conscious message to boot, these guys have got it nailed down to a tee. No Clawfinger-style grandstanding for these lads; music clearly comes first in the October File melting pot, and with such corking tunes as "High Octane Climate Changer", "Another Day" and "Blood & Sweat" in their canon, _Holy Armour From the Jaws of God_ has plenty going for it.

So what's missing? On the surface, not a whole lot. What crops up at far too many intervals over the course of the record is a niggling juvenility; not so much in the music as in the frequently cringeworthy lyrics. Penned no doubt with the best intentions, the likes of "How much space do we need? / Keep on fucking / Purchase, breed" or "We need coffee tables and TVs / We are so desperately short / of coffee tables" lack the piercing craftsmanship which the band's influences appear able to invoke at will. Then again, the argument could also be levelled that if lyrics were the deciding factor in whether or not to listen to a band, most us would be sporting significantly smaller record collections.

Contact: http://www.octoberfile.com

(article published 4/11/2007)

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