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The Arteries

The Arteries: Blood, Sweat and BeersBlood, Sweat and Beers (2009)
Household Name Records

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Cast your mind back to the mid-to-late-`90s and you will be reminded of a world that seems almost imaginary: a pre-9/11 society where the violent mind of Dick Cheney was less of a public concern than the dick dwelling in the trousers of Bill Clinton; a world of Punk in Drublic; So Long and Thanks fo.
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Cast your mind back to the mid-to-late-`90s and you will be reminded of a world that seems almost imaginary: a pre-9/11 society where the violent mind of Dick Cheney was less of a public concern than the dick dwelling in the trousers of Bill Clinton; a world of Punk in Drublic; So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes; Everything Sucks; the Punk-o-Rama compilations; a time when Epitaph seemed to rule the universe.

It's easy to get nostalgic about such a vibrant period, and even easier to get depressed at the prospect of a band like Bring Me the Horizon bearing that once sacred 'E' logo today -- but while the quality of Epitaph's present output may not have a patch on the aforementioned 'golden age' of the `90s, this is not to imply that there are simply no longer bands crafting tunes of a similar merit. Enter the Arteries.

Swansea's the Arteries illustrate with Blood, Sweat and Beers not only the fact that those old Epitaph releases continue to have a massive, ocean-conquering influence, but more importantly that the sound and energy that so often characterised the releases of that period can today still be regurgitated and sound as relevant, as sharp, and as fresh as way back when. And this is not to detract from the innovation of the Arteries, for undoubtedly they have taken something old and manipulated it into something new -- they have made it their own, which is no mean feat in itself.

Blood, Sweat and Beers is an album that NOFX wish they could make. Fat Mike has long since lost the spark that Jamie Morrison and co. show here -- which is ironic, considering this is an album that pays blatant homage to NOFX, whilst it at once puts them to shame; five boys from Wales show the legends how it's done. A frenzy of guitars; a riveting, rapid, punchy bass; watertight drumming -- it's all underpinned by astounding attention to detail, neurotically cohesive songwriting, a technical ability that complements rather than complicates, and a rare ear for a cracking melody. Songs like "Divergence", "Three Cats" and "No Guts No Glory" are simply exceptional.

This album will knock you off your feet. Brilliant.

 

 
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mowlio (July 29, 2011)

Amazing Band, Amazing album. This guys voice is awesome!

nick_s (December 13, 2009)

This is awesome, the arrangements rock and solos again, loving it!

tombo (July 11, 2009)

Awesome record. Great live band.

name (June 18, 2009)

oh, and, score.

name (June 18, 2009)

anyone else have problems with the vocals? because i didn't find them offputting at all.

defianceohioequalslove (June 18, 2009)

Vocals take a little getting used to, but outside of that, these guys are pretty fuckin cool. Looking forward to them at The Fest

hayman (June 17, 2009)

Lovin this album, its some good times.

spoon_of_grimbo (June 17, 2009)

this is right up there with the top albums of the year for me - can't wait to see these guys live. incidentally, they did a radio session where they covered the descendents' "hope" and did a cracking job of it! can't remember where i heard it (might have been their blog), but if you can find it, check it out!

stuckinbielers (June 17, 2009)

Great band, already confirmed for the Fest i believe?

puusj (June 17, 2009)

This album is truly amazing!!! We (me band) have the honor to share the stage with these guys in the UK coming September... can't wait to see them live

Slacker (June 17, 2009)

Good review and great album

nocigar (June 17, 2009)

Awesome review dude. That first paragraph was the tits, I'll have to check this out.

mikexdude (June 16, 2009)

This sounds awesome. You should be a reviewer.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (June 16, 2009)

had the pleasure of seeing these last summer without knowing who they were (i thought they were a different band til i luckily looked at schedules day after) and boooooy did they surprise me.. it was just a free all-dayer with loads of bands and they were great, major threat is one hell of a song!

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