Sydbarret (Ex-Arson) streaming The Swimmer E.P.
If you’re anything like me you’re probably wondering what the hell happened to the metal scene in Jersey. How could a state so rich in heavy metaldom fall so cluelessly into the abyss of mediocrity. Did the Old Bridge Metal Militia jump off the old non-stop party wagon? Where’s Overkill, and doesn’t anyone remember the Megaforce compilation Born to Metalize, which included such indoctrinations as Blessed Death’s “Knights of Old Bridge”? The answer is it got too evil. I recently saw New Jersey’s Sydbarret play at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, N.J. and I’m pretty sure they had Andy Diamonds entire Church Street Choir wetting their trousers. Sebastian Bach probably even felt the proverbial kick in the nuts all the way from Broadway. A NJ band set in the best traditions of the classic metal and hardcore, Sydbarret features three fifths of ex Ressurection A.D. band Arson, and is offering up their debut E.P. entitled “The Swimmer” as a free stream/download. The endlessly switching atmospheres of The Swimmer make this a versatile and refreshing look at the trite traditions of modern metal. The instrumental interlude “Calm Seas” is geniusly written, crashing helplessly into the track The Swimmer like the calm before the storm… or a man weighing his survival options before desperately plunging into terror. The Swimmer is an acid casualty electrified by axeman Keith Dilliplane’s incredible leads, which are tight enough to make Kirk Hammett start nervously looking for the emergency exits. If you were wondering what happened to metal… give this a shot… take it back!