SUBTRACT: Formula One
By David Harris
Heavy is not the word to describe this album, try torrential, try subterranean. This debut defines Subtract's full-on chunky style. After baiting us with the 'Quench' EP in '98 and then again with 'The Bloodshot' in 2000 they've finally solidified years of experience and given us 11 tracks, full of reality-based angst and a lot of things some people may not want to hear - and that's what makes music great. Shihad's 'Churn' comes to mind, but the thought is quickly drowned out by Joel Facon's aggressive vocals. The music is lashed tight with a persistent beat, punctuated by Mark Rees on drums. Stand out tracks are War, by way of apt sound effects, and Same Mistake, real driving force, straight to your gut and great to mosh to. Well recorded by Andrew Buckton although the vocals are hard to make out. I had to read the lyrics just to make out what is said, but that's the nature of this kind of music. This album grows on you the more you listen to it, the more you feel it. The only way to listen to this is loud, so turn it up.