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RSJ - Blueprint For A Brighter Future
Recently I received the latest EP from England-based metalcore act RSJ, called "A Blueprint for a Brighter Future". This disc is the followup to the bands debut EP, called "The Day After". According to their biography, the band played gigs with Unearth, Funeral For A Friend and Biohazard.

The first track we get to hear is "Reborn". The disc also has a video for the track for us to check out. The first few seconds didn't really impress me, it had one of those typical intro-riffs, but luckily some ferocious vocals kick in. Good stuff. We also find some neat Fear Factory-style doublebass/guitar part, which is very head-bangable.

When "Dredger" started I thought I was listening to some grindcore-like stuff. Definitely one of the heavier tracks of the band. I would say that these guys mix up their own brand of metal with influences ranging from deathmetal, some grindcore, poured in a metalcore jacket.

"Delusion of Popularity" is one of the more expiremental tracks, some weird time signatures in this one! It would be easy to say that this track sounds like an older The Dillinger Escape Plan track, but luckily RSJ is able to put their own sound to work. Great crushing doublebass/guitar part as well!

"Snort the Flame 2004" is a rerecording of one of the bands older songs. I can definitely hear the progression if you compare this track with the other 3. It's a bit more basic, groove oriented while the other 3 tracks are faster and more complex. I would almost consider this song to be a pretty "standard" metalcore track with a typical breakdown near the end of the song.

It doesn't happen often that you run into a 4-track EP that really wants you to hear more of a band. Luckily for RSJ, Blueprint For a Brighter Future is A-class material. Personally I can't wait to hear a full-lenght from these guys. If they can spice up their sound a bit more RSJ will definitly belong at the top of metalcore bands from the UK. If this is their blueprint for a future, then bring it on!
RSJ - Blueprint For A Brighter Future
84/1001Details Hangman\'s Joke Recordings
Released on Tuesday Nov 30th, -0001

Writer @Carn on Saturday Feb 5th, 2005

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