If you want a record that will shock you with amazing audio, bold arrangements and huge, huge, huge guitar riffs very much like the bold melody Torche and Aftertaste-era Helmet had a baby shower in some Quicksand…need I go on? Watertank from France are fucking awesome, the kind of band where if you saw them blow the roof off a small club it would probably change your life. Throw on Destination Unknown and leap into your supressed dreams. “Automatic Reset” hammers into the record triumphantly, up there with some of the best of Failure or Filter and other bands who aren’t afaid of melody but can be unapologetically heavy at times to the surprise of some people who underestimate them, compared to say, death metal.
“Fever” is a barelling post-punk charge, enough room for mosh pit elbows and ass shaking. They kind of remind me of Paw a little bit too or the band Sleeppers. France has been my go to zone for saving myself from insanity for about a decade now when it comes to keeping faith that some countries give a shit about real music. I’ve worked a long time with uber prestigious taste makers and rad folks noisemag.net and they always support real, cool shit like this or KEN mode, bands who have chops, underground grit and working class roots. Watertank or many of the Throatruiner bands of the moment, for example (I know that’s Belgium), could school most American bands who are distracted by the dumbest fucking shit trends. I wanna hear the Life & Times meets Rush-like intro to “Last_Lost Hope” spread out across the heads of a vast crowd. These guys prove indie and post-hardcore or groove and metal can be friends.
“Surrender” reminds us to “Never say never…”, and this band sound like true believers.