REVIEW: COLT 48 - NEGATIVES
London hard rockers Colt 48, comprised of lifelong friends guitarist and vocalist Adam Jerome and drummer Matt Savini, are beginning to make some serious waves. Armed with a love of the low tuned nu-metal stylings of bands like SOiL and Korn coupled with the melodic sensibilities of bands like Chevelle and Three Days Grace and following on from their two successful EPs I and II, they’re aiming to progress to a bigger stage with their third EP Negatives. Seeking assistance from legendary producer Colin Richardson and Mutiny Within’s Chris Clancy, they promise an album chock full of heavy, slamming riffs and anthemic choruses. Have they delivered on their promises? I’m going to find out right now…
The EP starts off strong with “Disconnected”, a big rock song with meaty chugging guitars and some brilliant melodic hooks that wouldn’t seem out of place if Benjamin Burnley or Adam Gontier were singing them. “Scapegoat” continues that theme, whilst “Out Of Habit” is more of a ballad with less distorted guitars more focused playing big chords to support the vocals rather than the Breaking Benjamin-esque riffs the previous two tracks were based around. The heavy riffs return in “The Fire” and “Lost” provides a slam dunk of heaviness to close the EP with a bang.
As expected for a production involving Colin Richardson, the EP sounds absolutely fantastic. The guitars, bass and drums all sound crystal clear with no sonic imperfections and everything is mixed really well into a brilliantly cohesive piece. Chris Clancy’s influence is clear too in the vocal production; he seems to be great at getting a top notch performance out of Adam Jerome and I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris contributed a few little tidbits of his own vocals in the background. There seems to be a comparative lack of electronic or ‘wall of sound’ elements in the production of this EP compared to what you would hear in other similar bands, but that suits them perfectly considering that there are currently only two members.
The biggest problem I have with the EP though is that whilst all the songs are incredibly solid and there is some stylistic variation thanks to the softer approach on “Out Of Habit”, the songs still can sound incredibly samey. Whilst Colt 48 may already have a fantastically cohesive sound, especially for a band that’s very early on into its career judging by the fact that this is the third of three short releases, it might just be a bit too cohesive. If the band experimented a little bit more with where they can take their nu-metal meets alt-rock sound on future releases, it could really make them stand out from other similar bands in their scene.
Despite being a little bit on the samey side of things, it’s pretty obvious that Colt 48 have a bright future ahead of them. They’ve already sold out the smaller venues in their native London and gained significant support slots off the back of their previous EPs and I have no doubt that they’ll only continue on this upward trajectory to alt-rock stardom.
ROCKODILE RATING - 7/10
Words by Robert Percy