The One Hundred
01 September 2014
Ever wondered what would happen if you chucked Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Bury Tomorrow and Aphex Twin into a blender and recorded the sound that came out?
The One Hundred have been together since late 2012, but with them only just preparing to drop their debut EP Subculture now, in mid 2014, you could assume that they’ve been away working on something spectacular. The big question, then: was it worth the wait? The answer is best summed up with a “hmm” and accompanying uncertain hand gesture. It’s interesting and it’s listenable, but it’s not groundbreaking.
It is, however, an interesting mix of trance beats and Nineties rap-rock throwbacks. Vocalist Jacob Field screams over a gritty electronic soundtrack in opener ‘No FKX’, which begins with a deceptive, Dr Dre-style hook which is in no way indicative of the rest of the record. Field switches between a Cockney shout and throaty roaring, to create a sound that can only be described as club-metal (if there is such a thing). It’s fast moving and full of power, but it already sounds a little dated.
The frenetic ‘Kingsmen’ shows that The One Hundred are metallers at heart, with its pounding beat and aggressive rap section. The production is crisp and clear, and gives it an almost industrial feel, even with the slightly incongruous slap-bass section. ‘Unleashed’ veers almost into Dizzee Rascal territory with its vocal delivery, and is one of the EP’s most interesting tracks, blending beats that wouldn’t sound out of place in Ibiza with an infectious rap and synth string refrain. The One Hundred seem to come into their own here, when they drop the Americanisms of tried-and-tested rap metal to create their own trance-influenced brand of electronic metal.
Closing track ‘Downfall’ incorporates a call-and-response chorus and has a darker feel than the rest of the EP, but if you wanted at least one track to shout along to, this is it. There might not be enough new ideas on show during Subculture to stop you wondering whether club-metal is really such a good idea, but there are certainly enough to make you wonder what they might have to offer on an when they get round to a full-length release.
Standout Tracks: Kingsmen, Unleashed, A Tale of Two Cities
Sounds Like: Fred Durst and Lamb of God doing a residency at Pacha.