BANG BANG FIRECRACKER – Speak Evil EP

Like most bands, British metal act Bang Bang Firecracker found themselves having to drastically rethink all of their plans at the beginning of 2020. The global pandemic meant they couldn’t promote their debut album ‘Welcome To The Slaughterhouse’ effectively, but guitarist/vocalist Kieron Berry’s writing went into overdrive, and the band soon found themselves in possession of a superior follow up. Instead of releasing a full album, the decision was made to split the record into three EP releases as a way of keeping everything fresh, and it’s a move that’s really worked in the material’s favour. Although the first EP, ‘See Evil’ was potentially hampered by a truly terrible song (‘G.F.Y.’), it was clear that the band’s gift for a riff had come on in leaps and bounds since the debut LP, and the core of the material showed the kind of band capable of taking the traditional elements of metal and thrash into new and interesting places. Its follow up, ‘Hear Evil’ more than made good on that promise by adding some really muscular basslines to a great sound, and also showing Berry’s song writing in a more mature light.

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BANG BANG FIRECRACKER – Hear Evil EP

In a world where attention spans are shorter, and streaming has meant listeners have a whole universe of new music waiting at the push of a button, British rock band Bang Bang Firecracker hit upon the idea of splitting their second album into three EP releases, giving fans a succession of bite-sized material that would present the songs a short and punchy fashion, but never sell fans short on massive sounds. The first EP, ‘See Evil’ did, indeed, deliver very highly in the riff stakes, placing BBF somewhere between The Almighty and Black Label Society. For some fans, those riffs were enough alone to make an impression – and, granted, they were often bloody excellent – but a fondness for old school macho, expletive-driven lyrics occasionally let the side down.

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BANG BANG FIRECRACKER – See Evil EP

Bang Bang Firecracker find themselves thinking much bigger in terms of both sound and concept for their follow up to their 2019 release ‘Welcome To The Slaughterhouse’. Although that album did a fine job in introducing the Stoke On Trent hard rockers as strong players, it featured the kind of drum sound and occasionally trebly edge that gave away its DIY origins (also, the least said about its horribly dated, David Coverdale channelling artwork, the better). Their next batch of material takes the form of not one but three separate EP releases which, combined, are designed to form a strong full length release. At a time where a lot of independent rock is issued digitally and so many younger listeners are seemingly incapable of committing to a full forty minutes, the EP format seems like a smart move. More importantly, the short and sharp approach also serves to make BBF’s riffs seem even more forceful. Also, a staggered release, in theory, also helps to keep the band in people’s minds a little bit longer.

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