|Me Vs. I
It seems that as of lately thrash metal has been living some sort of resurgence in its several incarnations, as we had the chance to see with Beholder, Obliterated, and Inferior, to name a few. Outright Resistance, hailing from Hertfordshire, UK, are another name in this very angry new wave of thrash metal that has been sweeping over the world over the last few years.
This being said, though, in this case we are quite far from the more prog-metal oriented act Beholder mentioned above, and much closer to the utter destruction and violence represented by bands such as Pantera and Lamb Of God, but let's start from the cover of "Me Vs. I". The artwork is textbook thrash metal, an eye emerging from some sort of shadow, a conflict between the self of the narrator and the outer persona also portrayed in the intro "Me Vs. I" (not necessarily the greatest intro I have ever heard to be honest). The following six tracks that compose the EP are exactly what you would expect from a work with these premises, and perfectly anticipated by the actual opener "Maimed In Chelsea" in all of its groovy and raw power. In "Prove Them Wrong" we can see another good example of the "me (us) against the world" typical of this branch of metal, which goes on through the rest of the record as well. Most of this conflict is intended as a self-empowerment against the stupidity and intolerance of the crowds when confronted with diversity, and this is paricularly evident in "Gee, Dysphoria", perhaps the most heartfelt and memorable track of the lot ("Why can't you just accept?").
All the songs are frontal strikes which would make great soundtracks to a mosh-pit, despite not really bringing anything particularly new to the table. Outright Resistance pretty much did what their name suggests, with this somewhat nostalgic and take-no-prisoners approach to metal, seemingly resisting any urge to change (musically speaking). The final song "Take The Blame" is an unexpectedly long tide of devastation that wipes away whatever might have survived the previous rush. "Me Vs. I" could be a good summer listen for anyone looking for something in this vein, and clocking in at slightly more than thirty minutes it could be the perfect commute soundtrack in case you need something to help you channel your rage in front of huge (and stupid) crowds.