New York Cityâ€™s Children are about to deliver an electric shock to the world of contemporary metal. Their debut, Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World, ripples with speed, precision, and a visceral intensity that is seldom seen in any genre of music these days.
The trio, guitarists Skyler Spohn, Jonny Ollsin (formerly of Vancouverâ€™s S.T.R.E.E.T.S.), and drummer Adam Bennati (of Early Man) put out their first release in early 2008, the 12â€ single for â€œDeath Tribe.â€ However, itâ€™s Hard Times that showcases the band in its fully realized form. The band has crafted a set of meticulous compositions, including several marathon-length tracks that stretch past the seven minute mark. Even when Ollsin isnâ€™t wielding his throaty growl like a weapon, the bandâ€™s instrumental passages are so lyrical that they paint vivid pictures themselves.
Album opener â€œAdvance Mind Controlâ€ begins with the drone of a lone, ominous, outer-space synth before the full band simultaneously launches into attack mode. Spohn and Ollsinâ€™s guitars kicks off their dynamic, album-long duel while Bennati catapults into a propulsive groove. The band steadily charges forward without looking back. Eventually, the track slows down in its final two minutes to morph into an epic ending, anchored by Bennatiâ€™s stomping caveman beats. The energy then immediately shoots back to a fever pitch with the breakneck fury of second track â€œNuclear Bummer.â€
It isnâ€™t until â€œH.T.H.A.T.E.O.T.W.â€ that you truly get a chance to catch your breath. The songâ€™s Spanish flavored acoustic guitars concoct the albumâ€™s most calm and mystical moments. But by the time the cacophonous final moments of album closer â€œTime is the Livingâ€ arrive, Children will have inspired chin-stroking admiration while melting all the faces in the room.