Nu Metal is back, think that is as clear is it could possibly be. Bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn are playing the biggest shows since the glory early 00’s and new bands like Issues and Of Mice & Men have started to incorporate Nu Metal elements into their tracks. But what about bands who are trying to sound like its 2001 again? Well those questions can all be answered by Spirytus‘s new EP “The Fundamentals.”
The UK five piece mix groove metal similar to the likes of Lamb Of God and Devildriver with the full 00’s excess of Nu Metals golden period with all the scratching, down tuned riffs and questionable rapping one would expect from such a period. Think of them more as a thinking mans Emmure if that helps.
If you were a fan of that divisive period the you may find some pleasure in this album, it does provide a look back in time through nostalgic goggles to a time when big shorts and backwards baseball caps ruled the world. The only problem with this is why wouldn’t you just listen to your classic albums like Bizkits’ “Chocolate Starfish and Hot Dog Flavoured Water” or Incubus‘ “S.C.I.E.N.C.E”.
The addition of the groove metal elements only really appear to take effect in the EP’s opening and title track, after that the rest of the EP resorts being a nostalgic look back to those early 00’s glory days.
Though it packs some decent grooves and a few frenetic funky basslines the EP is just made up from its influences. The tracks scream of Rage Against The Machine, Korn and Limp Bizkit, which is fine if the tracks stood out from one another, instead of congealing into a mass of bounce and rhymed verses.
Overall, “The Fundamentals” is just a bit of fun really. If, like a lot of people, you urge back to a time when Nu Metal ruled the waves then this might be up your street. It serves more a look back at your youth through rose tinted spectacles than it does a full album. If you you’re one for recent nostalgia give this one a listen, if not maybe give it a pass.