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Throw out the word punk these days and you probably wouldn’t ascribe the noise to the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten, anarchy, or any of that traditional buzz.
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Punk has evolved to take on many forms; bands with a presumed edge are marketed with a side of cuteness, others perform with heavier undertones of rock that carry a few disgruntled lyrics. Yes, punk has many faces these days, but what happens to punk when you whack it together with a little bit of power metal and just stop giving any f’s? Idle Threat, that’s what!
Yeah, yeah, argue it’s been done before, but it ain’t been done like this. The debut album from the angsty Sydney outfit, Rope Burn, is as clever as it is cutthroat. An endearing blend of the power of Megadeth, Comeback Kid’s pop and they’re own brand of punk righteousness and smart-arse humour, Idle Threat play with very real frustration and provide a damn loud soundtrack to very real issues.
The raw energy within Rope Burn isn’t just putting a new casing on the punk moniker, it’s proving Aussies are giving it their all when it comes to landscaping the scene.
Ripping into The Execution Of Eduard Delecroix, Idle Threat push and pull between an acute case of aggravation and a momentary episode of thought, a sublime tug of war between sentiment and sound. That power metal influence runs rife in the album but thunders loudest in Visibly Hanoi’d, by far the standout track, whose crushingly quick rhythms and profound vocals have to be heard to be believed.
The raw energy within Rope Burn isn’t just putting a new casing on the punk moniker, it’s proving Aussies are giving it their all when it comes to landscaping the scene, and as our music evolves into something previously unknown, Idle Threat are up there with the bands you should watch for guidance.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Pride Of Lions, The Execution Of Eduard Delecroix, Visibly Hanoi’d
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