Accustom yourself to the brazened, unpolished production – you soon realise that Huron’s nature suits the style. Instrumentally poised on the dirtier side of thrash paying respect to the likes of Machine Head and Pantera, but flirting on hard-rocking parameters fused with groove-laden beats, the four-piece are a young metal force to be reckoned with.
There’s something entirely refreshing about second album Mary Celeste – Huron have a back-to-basics, ‘no more messing around’ mentality that is actively looking to shake-up the UK metal scene. They might not be at that stage of national domination but the attitude works in their favour.
Branded opens the record and reveals the band’s collective hardcore touches with each raucous backing yelp. Title track Mary Celeste moves things along with a brutal serving of fierce groove and rough thrash n’ roll, but later on into proceedings it’s Blood In Blood Out that reveals itself to be the weak link for its repetition.
But while their veins might pump with a viscous fusion of alcohol, adrenaline and petroleum fuel, there’s a moment for a rock ‘n’ roll pit-stop with Eternal Sea Pt 1 – a beautiful, grungy acoustic tune with an innocent DIY feel, wick with unsuspected harmonies and spliced with sad synths. But of course any pit stop is a well-deserved break and if this was the F1 then there’s no doubt their next song would induce a 20-car pile-up. Suffer takes us back to Huron’s battered, bruised – but most certainly not beaten – aggressive assault of wild riffs and sandpaper vocals.
Wind-milling moshers are going to have horns at the ready for this one – it’s sure to please plenty. But if you’re on a tight budget, wait for the Machine Head album in September. CR