Album Review: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – “Double Negative”
It’s safe to say that since their previous album, 2014’s Not Your Typical Victorians, the profile of The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing has continued to grow at a satisfyingly fast rate, with even mainstream metal mags starting to finally sit up and take notice of this rather awesome group. And, as with all groups on the way up, the question must be posed – firstly, with the added public profile comes added expectancy, can they cope? And secondly, how on earth are they gonna follow up an album as weirdly wonderful as the aforementioned effort?
The truth is that Double Negative, the band’s fourth album, is conversely at once the heaviest and most accessible TMTWNBBFN album to date, and all the better for it. Powered along by Andy Heintz’s growling vocals, Andrew O’Neill’s adept guitar work and the steamroller-powerful rhythm section of Marc Burrows and Jez Miller, here the group sound tight, focused and just as wonderfully menacing as ever. They gleefully turn out tales of a horrific ultra-sinister nightmare Victorian world on songs such as Baby Farmer, Supply And Demand, Obscene Fucking Machine and the frenetic God Is In The Bottom Line.
The last two songs, however, show them branching out into the lurching weirdness that’s become their trademark over the last seven years with the seasick lurch of There She Glows and the slow-building chaos of There’s Going To Be A Revolution signing this one off in good style. It may be their fourth album, but on this evidence there’s no sign at all of these steampunks becoming any kind of anachronism.
The sound of a group with plenty of fire still in the tank, the best thing about Double Negative is that it's at once accessible for newcomers, while still containing enough tricks and surprises to keep those who've been with them since the early days happy. On this evidence, there's everything to suggest that it's going to be the catalyst for them to carry on growing to even bigger audiences, and if so it's thoroughly deserved.