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They might not appreciate this but there is a certain Muse quality about this EP. As well as being quite poppy and simplistic, the songs are lathered in beautiful string arrangements and huge distortions. Its like a more post-rocky Muse – or you might say similar to The Boxer Rebellion. In the second track “Coming up for air” the drum pattern has an enthralling sway to it, with added delay and distortion soaked guitar lines. Its unplaceably familiar.
To Bury A Ghost don’t hesitate to dabble with the orchestra, a curiosity many bands lack these days I feel. The opening track “Bithday” opens on quite an uneasy note with a discordant brass-section chord, followed up by the intervention of a stunning violin melody. Strings are quite present throughout the EP and actually, bring to mind Radiohead. I’ll stop name dropping, but there are certainly quite a few elements here that point elsewhere. This isn’t a criticism, but an observation, it doesn’t take away from the fact that The Hurt Kingdom has a beautifully evocative cinematic quality, and a noisy rocky side. I’d certainly put these down as ones to watch!
A cherry on top of the cake? Yep. A Lee Malcolm from VESSELS remix at the end. Now thats a mighty fine cherry!
Skrillex is Sonny Moore. He’s from LA and he used to be in hardcore band From First To Last. Now days he’s making electronic music. He released his first EP My Name Is Skrillex for free and since then has been tearing up dancefloors all over the US and Canada. This is his follow up EP “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” released through Mau5trap, and it is the best electro/dubstep release I’ve ever heard! It features Bare Noize, Foreign Beggars and Noisia among others, and combines all the abrasive pleasures of heavy dubstep with the outrageous fun of electro. His first ever UK show was Jan 28th and not only was it rammed but the air was full of excitement as the British people were ready to welcome the Californian guy who gives the English competition at their own game. I love how he seems to be bringing so many different music lovers together, like his faithful fans from the hardcore days, electro fans, house music fans and of course dubstep fans. He’s going to be massive.