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Deathcrush - Skool's In

  by Adrian Huggins

published: 15 / 10 / 2013

Deathcrush - Skool's In
Label: Norway Rat Records
Format: CDS


Confusing and unsatisfying debut EP from Norwegian pop-metal group, Deathcrush

Comprising of singer/guitarist Linn Nystadnes, singer/bassist Ase Royset and Vidar Evensen on drums and vocals, Deathcrush hail from Norway and bring their own brand of pop-metal to the public in the form of twelve inch ‘Skools In’. The disc consists of four tracks, including one remix by the James Njie. While there is a definite modern-pop-rock leaning to the tunes there is also a definite hint of original punk with Linn Nystadnes’ snarling vocals and Aye Royset’s rumbling bass. It does all feel a little restricted, and I couldn’t help but feel like I was listening to something that is probably far less tame in a live setting. ‘Lesson #4’ has a much heavier and chaotic edge than the rest of the EP, and does feel like the sound of the band that are fighting to get through the radio-friendliness of the other tunes. There is a little bit of a heavier Placebo air about the music as well which is thoroughly enjoyable. ‘Lesson #13’ left me somewhat confused as it didn’t completely seem to fit together or have any real direction. The final track which comes in the form of a remix starts making a bit more sense in a sleazy, electro dance way and cranked right up does sound pretty hefty. It’s hard to judge Deathcrush on these four tracks. Maybe a full album would sit together and give a better feel for what the band are really about. ‘Skool's In’ feels somewhat like a band yrying to cover several bases all at once rather than really hone in on what they’re fully about.

Track Listing:-
1 Lesson #3 for Gina Kikoine / You No
2 Lesson #4 for Wharton Tiers / Strau
3 Lesson #13 for Nanker Phelge / Fire
4 Lesson #13 for Nanker Phelge / Fire

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