In 2020 Shattercones left a massive impression on us here at Off the Hook Music, as they stormed into our top 5 EP’s of the year with ‘Oppenheimer’. So we were delighted to hear that the band have re-emerged in 2021 with another EP for us to feast on. The first EP was an initial vision on the life we all hold dear and the final chapter of what might be behind the curtain at the end.. so yeah some deep and gothic music which the band are well known for. ‘This Septic Isle’ is no release from the harder questions of life, Shattercones have explained that the collection of songs within are all about being enraged at the decaying and battered politics within the British Isles.
‘Ghoul Driver’ is the first track and opens with a menacing drum beat and a feel of a Celtic mist sweeping across the shore of a harsh cliff bay, the textures of the track are tribal and forceful and for me this sound was absorbing because I’m normally a person that doesn’t accept the indulgence some bands have when producing a far to long intro, but when the lyrics and equal haunting vocals appear around 2 and a half minutes in the song I was already gripped. The atmospheric tension only enhanced when the real life lyrics hit you hard, but the song didn’t need as much guitar reverb as this track does and maybe the song could have ended a minute earlier, but all in all a really impressive way to start the EP.
With so much groove and flair ‘Say Goodbye’ couldn’t be any more different to the previous track, this shows a quality that only good bands possess. The ability to mould your sound around two completely different styles, but at the same time delivering the same quality within both songs. It has a tongue in cheek delight with slower tempo and agonising draw and pull away, the layers provide such swings and this track quickly became my favourite on the EP.
Like when a band of reporters and a marching army collide asking questions of each other, heavier and more constructive with the rhyme and more restrictive in a sound ‘Butterfly Room’ is a quick shock to the system at the midpoint of the EP.
You can forgive me for saying that Shattercones have found the texture of a sound I feel when a government minister steps up to the microphone spilling out a non-answer when listening to ‘The Man Who Ate Capitalism’, this track is all about the lyrics which are so identifiable and the way the music rounds the sound makes this a dark and sinister story telling track which we all need to hear.
We’re nearing the end of 2021 and we can say this EP can achieve even more than ‘Oppenhimer’ and enter the top 3 EP’s of this year, but you will have to check with us in December if this prediction has come true or not.
Written by Kess Anthony