454 Big Block - _Save Me From Myself_
(Big Wheel Recreation, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
I was pleasantly surprised to hear the metallic tones emanating from this release. While dabbling into the hardcore genre, 454BB manage to escalate enough momentum and power between their potent riffs, thick bass lines and harmonic melodies for us to see them as just a metal/hardcore crossover band. They are more than that. While the production on this record could use a little work, it's the groove and overall sound of 454BB that really shows off the great songwriting and an interesting sound. Like the works of Only Living Witness, Living Sacrifice and Turmoil, 454BB stay within a certain style/sound throughout, rarely leaving a comfortable vibe and bring in more unnecessary sounds into the fold. Also worthy of mention is Elgin Nathanial James (what a fuckin' name!?), who has a great voice that totally complements the harshness of the material and also provides melody when needed. Recommended if you dig the mixing of metal, groove and hardcore.

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(article published 16/10/1997)

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