The Qemists’ blend of drum and bass and metal is not something unheard of, but something other bands rarely pull off with as much creativity as the group from Brighton. With bands like The Prodigy and Pendulum floating in the same genre, it’s difficult to create a sound that doesn’t sound like a recreation or rip-off of those bands, but it’s something The Qemists don’t seem to struggle with.
‘Warrior Sound’, the follow up to their 2010 record ‘Spirit In The System’, is a great continuation of their previous work, with some fantastic collaborations and a great blend between synthesized sound and real instruments.
The LP opens with ‘Our World,’ a track which can be seen as an introduction to the album. Ambient yet aggressive, it gives you a taste of what’s to come. The record then launches into ‘Jungle’, a collaboration with rap-metal band Hacktivist. ‘Jungle’ further sets the tone for the album, losing a bit of the ambience and heading in the direction of mixing metal with drum & bass in an aggressive and expressive way.
With further collabarations on the album with Kenta Koie of Crossfaith, Charlie Rhymes and Ghetts. The album contains some incredible tunes which dip into mainstream drum and bass, while still retaining The Qemists artistic integrity and metal roots.
However, the stand-out song on ‘Warrior Sound’ is ‘Run You’. Sounding as if Enter Shikari had been heavily remixed, it’s a song that would bring fans of electronic and post-hardcore metal together. Dance-able but with aggressive vocals and a semi-political lyric: it sums up everything The Qemists stand for in their music.
With a tour of Europe in March supporting Enter Shikari – a show not to miss – swiftly followed by a tour supporting Crossfaith, it’s going to be a big few months for the band considering the strength of this latest LP.
‘Warrior Sound’ is out now vis Amazing Record Company.
This Qemists article was written by Luke Priestley, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.