With a name like Max Histrionic I was certainly expecting something fiesty from the man behind the intriguingly named Californian outfit Chameleon Technology.
And that’s exactly what you get from the rather frantic and chaotic opening track ‘No Safe Word’ from his new EP Blank Canvas, which is a blur of thrashing drums, guitar noise and angry vocals – all performed by Histrionic himself, who, when performing live, plays along with live action video of his drumming and bass.
Track two and three, ‘Serin’s Vending’ and ‘Lifestyle Science’, is where Histrionic begins to reveal the other, more melodic side to his vocal delivery and The Offspring and Green Day come to mind.
‘Self Repair’ offers something of a breather from the aural assault, with Histrionic taking a paired-back approach to the verses – although the choruses are more full-on walls of noise.
Album closer ‘Blank Canvas’ is the most industrial and metal-sounding on the EP and is sure to please fans of System of a Down. It’s catchy middle eight and breakdown section also make it the most nuanced on the album, and there are some fine rapid fire drum fills that showcase Histrionic’s multi-instrumental talents.
Overall, it’s an enjoyably aggressive EP that is sure to get pits moshing and heads banging. I’d have liked the tracks to have clearer and more anthemic hooks – the kind that the likes of The Offspring and Green Day have made their stellar careers on – but the foundations for punk rock stardom are certainly there especially, surely, in combination with Histrionic’s unique ‘Live Multimedia Experiences’.
Blank Canvas is out 5 August 2016.
11 is louder than 10 verdict
11 – Sonic boom
10 – Planet rock
9 – Headbanging
8 – Turn it up
7 – Rocking
6 – Foot tapping
5 – Worth a listen
4 – Background music
3 – Turn it down
2 – Earache
1 – Turn it off
0 – Ear bleeding