Blue and green record exploding into shards

Honour Among None
The Art of Survival EP

For such an intense blast of visceral meets harmonic metal, it seems like something of a joke to include a ‘radio edit’ on an EP. This is the music for the elevator ride to hell, not the car journey to work and there’s only a paltry twenty-second saving anyhow.

Leaving aside the merits of radio-editing, for a band such as this, what ‘The Art of Survival’ supplies is a series of blasting metal tracks played to perfection and flipping vocals between sung and gurgling blood.

Except for ‘Face to Face’ (which benefits from a more riffy industrial sound) Honour Among None seem to struggle to find an anchor or identity in these tracks. As mentioned, they are instrumentally perfected, but just not entirely interesting.

This record is a bit too self-indulgent and may only really appeal to stalwart metal fans.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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