Editor's Rating

Have a listen to 'Free Man'

Rating out of 10

Haema – Insurrection

Release Date: 31st October 2017
Sliptrick Records
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/insurrection-ep/id1285030877

The early 2000s era of metal and alt-rock divides opinion more than most subgenres in alternative music; some look at it with pure disgust as a time that nu-metal thrived and dominated our ears for a good few years. Others look at it with pure nostalgia and still use the bands that were popular at the time as influences today. In comes Haema and their debut EP, ‘Insurrection’, which is possibly the strongest nod back to that period of alt-metal I have heard in a long time.

Now, this release isn’t strictly nu-metal, but, you hear a track such as ‘Free Man’ and other subtle hints of what made the subgenre popular peak through. The dirty Korn-esque riffage and the angry Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) style shouting raps before we are introduced to some rather vicious throaty roars. Then we are introduced to the industrial-styled electronica melodies that are reminiscent of the likes of Rammstein and American Head Charge. It’s a track that feels molded around the several key sounds from the early 2000s.

However, the opening track, ‘Eden’, is more of a 90s groove/00s blend, much like a lot of tracks on Machine Head’s ‘Supercharger’ album. The riffs are crunchier, the roars are packed with more venom and the beats are harder hitting. It’s a pure headbanger which doesn’t need the any added electronic elements to show a statement of intent that Haema wants to kick some ass. ‘Thirte3n’ follows a similar trend of pushing the heaviness and ruthless delivery to the front, but it borrows elements of a creepy nature, again from the likes of Rammstein and Korn with eerie melodic segments.

A lot of what I’m hearing on this release is a complete throwback to the kind of grooves, mannerisms, and atmosphere that flooded the Kerrang compilations in seventeen years ago; ‘Two Minds’ for example takes me back to the likes of Spineshank with how the guitar chord progress, along with mixing the chunky hooks and pure catchiness it’s a reminder of their hit ‘New Disease’.

Overall, ‘Insurrection’ is bound to rub some people (elitists) the wrong way purely because they would rather forget about the nu-metal scene and bands that were roughly associated with it. On the other hand, this is a solid listen, there are moments that make me want to just lose my shit and destroy everything in my path, and then to counterbalance that there are segments just to sit back and appreciate the musicianship, such as an out of the blue guitar solo in the title-track, or the impromptu synth rhythm in ‘Free Man’.

For fans of Korn, American Head Charge, 00s era Machine Head, Rammstein

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