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RSJ - Gain To Nothing
Rotten Sound Junkies? Rip Shit John? Rotterdam Still Jaded? Rap School Joint? I have no idea what RSJ means, and frankly after hearing Gain To Nothing it doesn’t really matter to me either. Spawned in 2002, they now release their second album full of the kind of metal I love.
Rhythmic grooving metal, but never too complicated. I see resemblances with our own Dutch metal pride Textures, but again far less complicated. You can spot influences from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah to Pantera and Machine Head. So it’s not all about being as difficult as it can be. In the end the record reminds my of my own band Model 101 actually, we toy around with rhythms without losing touch with the overall groove too much. And it doesn’t happen very often I hear a band that resembles my own actually.
Gain To Nothing sounds like a very promising effort. It’s not a hundred percent tight yet, but that will come in time. Good strong vocals, almost no emo crap going on, good song structures, some nice sound-effects and an overall no nonsense sound make sure this is a great album to listen to. These English headbangers have added six bonus tracks as a nice extra to the album, namely two live tracks and four remixes of old tracks, done by Akercocke's Matt Wilcocks. A nice extra for the older fans, and it gives a good impression on how these guys sound live. Pretty intense I’d say. The remixes are quite oddball every now and then, don't really know what the meaning of some of those is.
Any fan of rhythmical metal that requires more headbanging than thinking can pick this one up I guess. If you can find it that is. Gain To Nothing is a powerful effort by RSJ, and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them yet.
RSJ - Gain To Nothing
82/1001Details Hangmans Joke Recordings/Cargo Records
Released on Monday May 14th, 2007

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Jun 20th, 2007

Tags: #RSJ
Tracklisting 1. Degrees Of Separation
2. Monkey See (Monkey Do)
3. Deadbolt
4. Code Zero
5. As She Sleeps
6. My Bastardised Son
7. Raised To The Ground
8. Lo-Di
9. Mindprint
10. Restructure
11. Dystonia (live)
12. A Theme For Murder (live)
13. A Theme For Murder (Matt Wilcock remix)
14. Blood And Sand (The Officers Remix)
15. Delusions Of Popularity (Harpies Mix)
16. My Deluded Popularity (Right Shite Jamboreemix)
Line up Dan R Cook - Vocals
Matthew R Gamblin - Bass/Backing Vocals
Vaughn G Thomas - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dan "2" Kentley - Guitar/Effects
Richard P Hardy - Drums/Percussion