Spotify Amazon. Cosmopolitan Nine Black Alps. Not Everyone Nine Black Alps. Unsatisfied Nine Black Alps. Headlights Nine Black Alps. Ironside Nine Black Alps. Shot Down Nine Black Alps. Just Friends Nine Black Alps. The album really gets started here. It starts with a strange single note jamming, dare I say it a little retro. The song goes through the same sort of single note strumming then verse, until on there is a really catchy solo where the song reaches its peek, then back to verse.
Overall a great effort! It starts with a catchy sort of thrashy guitar riff, with some aggressive drum work. The song then carries on until the intro riff re-appears and develops into a very basic guitar solo, which is a bit of a let down.
It starts with an irritating guitar riff, which gets better with neat bass work from Cohen, along with sturdy drumming. From then on the song gets worse. It stays at the same boring pitch and has the same glum feel to it throughout. Then at there is some heavy guitar distortion, which leads to the un-spectacular chorus. They should have left this song as a bonus track or on an acoustic session. It starts with a dark guitar riff from Jones, then the rest of the band kick in.
But on the other hand there are a couple of tracks on here that should have remained on the cutting room floor. The thing is, this is what they do best. There are 12 tracks on here, the vast majority 10 of which feature heavy, slashing riffs, robotic drumming and aggressive, Kurt Cobain like vocals.
To compare them to Foo Fighters and they will appeal to a similar market , its got Monkey Wrench written all over it. Nine Black Alps plows through the album with only a few different guitar and bass sounds, providing variation entirely through the songs themselves instead of by sonic contortion.
This is some of the purest and best rock I've ever heard. Other reviewers' have made comparisons to Nirvana, but I feel this is unjustified.
Nine Black Alps easily competes with Nirvana for grunginess, but they owe far more to the Ramones and modern indie rock than to Nirvana. I used to enjoy this band when I was younger, but anytime I hear the album play in my playlist I tend to skip it. The music is a bit too rough for my tastes now I suppose. Everything is all I ever wanted. Just wish it were longer. At the recent Glastonbury festival in the English countryside, Nine Black Alps managed to pull a massive crowd to their early afternoon slot on the first day of the musical extravaganza.
Their large audience had more to do with them playing in a covered tent while the rest of the Glastonbury site succumbed to rain and mud slides rather than an established following of supporters, but their s take on Seattle grunge won over plenty of filthy festival-goers by the time they left the John Peel Stage. Nine Black Alps' debut album Everything Is starts off decidedly similar to the greasy rock of their Glastonbury set, however takes a turn at the halfway mark into an unexpected musical landscape.
Whereas Radiohead only ripped off Heart Shaped Box for the bridge to their Bends single, Manchester's Nine Black Alps remain less specific in their filching, wholeheartedly devouring Nirvana's screams, guitar squalls and heavy drum beats on the opening share of Everything Is. Although some may see it as sacrilege, less haughty consumers will find Nine Black Alps far too proficient to be mere pretenders to the grunge throne. While Cosmopolitan and Iron Side showcase the rougher riffs, tracks such as Unsatisfied, Behind Your Eyes and Intermission present a far mellower take on the quartet's sound, closer to Ireland's Ash than Kurt Cobain's crew.
Many of the tunes here are catchy and smart, but a minor problem lies in the sheer diversity of the dozen songs on Everything Is. They may have sated the wet and grubby crowd at Glastonbury, but will the real Nine Black Alps please stand up? How do you describe how a band sounds? Nine Black Alps are clearly informed by punk and metal riffs, without being held prisoner by them. The songs are intelligent, catchy, and contain many subtleties which seem to get better with repeated listenings.
The vocals may recall Joe Strummer of the Clash, but this band owes nothing to anyone. Every song on this album is easily catchy and memorable, and other than the two slow songs, the record rocks from start to finish.
Fuzz guitar riffs seem to remind one of the great punk songs of old, yet this band sounds as fresh as today's news. I am as impressed by this album as I was the first time I heard the Ramones' first album, or Nirvana's "Nevermind. Sure they have the whole angular new wave guitars, the pusling groove, the killer hooks, but what they have that those other bands don't is guitars. Big, loud, fuzzy distorted guitars. And real riffs. Interpol or the Killers might make you want to dance around or bounce up and down or nod your head to the beat, but rarely do any of those sort of bands get your head banging and send you careening around your room in a wild rock frenzy of air guitar-ing or air drumming.
The band plays with a ferocity that drives the album at a threatening pace, only temporarily slowing for two well-done acoustic numbers. A nonstop demonstration of angst and distortion, the album is a sharp and aggressive debut from a promising band worth keeping an eye on.Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Everything Is - Nine Black Alps on AllMusic - - Sure, the world has been glutted with post-grunge.