Album Review: History Of Guns – “Acedia”
Mixing together music of wildly differing genres is a tricky business. For every band like the Eureka Machines who are capable of taking a very unlikely set of influences and mixing them together to create something genuinely special, there’s a group of people who try the same trick and get it quite horribly wrong.
Take History of Guns for example – what I’m guessing they aimed for with this album is a sort of mix of Ministry’s sheer aural assault and Rammstein’s dark unsettling electro-metal. What they’ve actually come up with is something that sounds like the Pleasures minus a) the flamboyance, b) the sense of humour and c) the tunes, In other words, minus all the good bits of that band. It isn’t even especially bad, it’s just deathly dull and doesn’t seem to go anywhere throughout. The riffs are okay if a bit generic but it’s the monotone vocals which are really the nail in the coffin – you know it’s bad when the singer screams “WELCOME TO THE WORLD YOU LITTLE C**T!” on the opening track and still manages to sound about as threatening as a chinchilla eating some lettuce.
Back to the drawing board guys, it looks like a re-think’s needed.