After ten years spent away, presumably rejuvenating and exploring, One Minute Silence finally return with their new EP Fragmented Armageddon. They strike quickly and with purpose.
It’s been a decade since their last album, One Lie Fits All, and in a world in such political turmoil and social change it became inevitable that One Minute Silence would return. It was a bit touch and go for a while, before a PledgeMusic campaign saw them produce new material, and release Live In The Studio. The door was opened. Soon afterwards, word came that a new EP was set for imminent release.
Political commentary can sometimes be very dated – like political humour. At one time it’s searing, cutting and current, but will be out of date, redundant and unfunny by the next week. The same could be said for music with a political theme. It was always One Minute Silence’s strength that they could create aggressively positioned, intelligently balanced work that retained relevance through universally important situations that transcend times. It’s metal for the likes of Bill Hicks.
Their sound is clearly defined by the musical build up of Fruit From The Lie. It builds up and builds up into a roar; it’s One Minute Silence as they were before, but with a slightly different choice of sounds – more abstract, but at the same time, in your face.
Getting caught up in genre classification always gets in the way of the music. One Minute Silence assail and surpass the ‘rap metal’ label, which seems to get attached to bands who perform anything other than metal screams. It’s part Rage Against The Machine and part Pitchshifter; they’re looking to push and create thought-provoking music that forces people to listen and take action.
Vocalist Yap has always had a cutting and unconventional delivery. It’s this edge that has always kept them contemporary. The next line, the next break could genuinely go anywhere; Pandemic Schizophrenia holds up jazz and slam poetry as shields and banners to complete its rhetoric. As Yap says “You can expect pandemonium,” the riot breaks out. The group have retained all the fire that started them and all the ingenuity that kept them interesting.
The reworking of You So Much As Move points to the possible direction of the ten songs they have written for the forthcoming album that this movement will eventually evolve into. This EP promises many explosive moments in the future, and is suggestive of the numerous flashpoints which will occur live.
It’s feasible that the remixes presented here could also be an indication of the future sounds from One Minute Silence. Dabbling with electronic and dubstep seems an entirely logical progression for them. They’re a band who feel a necessity to develop their sound, while balancing this progression with Massimo Fiocco’s omnipresent heavy guitar. The electronic elements could be integrated in an extremely effective way, building on the metal strength that supports the march.
One Minute Silence have waited until the time was right to return to the scene, and Fragmented Armageddon shows that it hasn’t been the same without them. There hasn’t been someone doing what they do for some time.
We just had to hear them scream at us to wake up and realise it.