3rd - _3rd_
(Independent, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (9.5 out of 10)
The fact that it doesn't take fancy record deals to come up with an album that sounds tighter than fuck and manages to creep up to the first place in my playlist is thoroughly proven by 3rd. This Italian band has more or less managed to impress the hell out of the hardcore scene with this self-financed and self-titled follow-up to their debut MCD. In four songs (and a bonus track) they mix together the best elements of Machine Head and Sepultura with noisecore, yet way surpassing both mentioned bands in quality and inventiveness. "Unable", "Nothing Safe", "Mess" and "Something More Than Nothing" are all variations on alternating aggressive hammer-tight riffs with more melodic clean parts and different vocal styles. It's good to see a band that's not trying to walk the easy path and become the umpteenth 'new metal' band for a change. 3rd has more personality than most of the bands I've listened to lately, and a technical surgical precision to express themselves in such a way that they're bound to become the next big thing.

Contact: http://www.3rdweb.it

(article published 21/5/2003)

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