Working for a site like this one, you get bombarded with heavy music every day of the week. Some of it is good, some of it not so good, but the main problem with music of the kind rattled out by Idols Of Apathy is that it all blends into a mish-mash of blandness. Thankfully, that isn’t an accusation you could level at these Essex tech-metallers who, right from the getgo, demonstrate the kind of gut-wrenching heaviness that commands your full attention.

Mixing huge swathes of moshy grooves with throat-scraping vocals, tracks like “Backstabber” are written to cause maximum carnage in moshpits across the UK. Brutally heavy but with enough mosh to hook you in, the Essex brutalists have really mastered the art of not only writing crushing music, but also memorable music. Whether it’s Jack’s ferocious vocal delivery or the polished, techy riffs, this EP may only be five tracks long but there is more in these five songs than most bands can fit into an entire album.

After listening to band after band wanting to just rehash the same metallic hardcore fodder, Life Lessons restored my faith that there are UK bands out there who are capable of putting a rocket up the arse of the UK metal scene.

Track Listing:

01. Bipolar
02. Addiction
03. Once A Cheat Always
04. Backstabber
05. Lessons Learned

Run Time: 24:29
Release Date: December 4, 2015

Check out the video for “Bipolar” here.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.