Punk around the clock
-- CLCKWS --
[METAL SHREDDER REPORTING]A while ago I was contacted by CLCKWS’s bassist Seppe asking me to shred his band’s debut release Counter-Clockwise. Well, I’m finally done with judging all those 109 bands who competed in the first round of the Wacken Metal Battle Belgium 2018 so it’s finally time for some much needed shredding!
[THE SHREDDING BASICS]Counter-Clockwise is the debut EP of the Zoersel based female fronted hardcore punk band CLCKWS and is distributed by Nosebleed Records. It’s a 15 minute release currently available through Bandcamp digital download (https://clckws.bandcamp.com/releases) and cassette and will also be released on CD in February. For me, the EP is a rather mixed bag. Beginning with the things I don’t like, Eva’s vocals. She yells and screams her way through the EP but I believe she’s trying too hard to be wild and angry and therefore spoils some of the listening experience for me. I think her vocals will be more enjoyable to listen to if she were to sing in a more natural voice. In addition, sometimes CLCKWS go for faster, almost thrash metal style riffs at the end of certain songs. However, those sessions only go on for a couple of seconds before they come to a sudden close. Those ending sections feel out of place and they don’t build up to anything. It’s like having sex and getting your orgasm too early! And men like me know that’s a huge shame!
Fortunately, CLCKWS’s debut release also has some damn good stuff, especially in songs like Amnesia and The Amused, where Neb shows off some epic heavy guitar melodies and where Eva’s sings more relaxed and therefore more enjoyable to listen to. And in the track Sorry’s Kind Of Standard the band shows off their thrashier side much more effectively with consistently fast riffs throughout the entire song. Much better!