Album review: The Root of Man – Anti-Clone

Anti-Clone first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I heard their single “1984”.

After watching the Youtube video, I interviewed Peter Moore (vocals), back in February 2014, when I was blogging for the UK Music Directory. Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

 

If you could tour with any band who would you choose and why?
 
For me, personally, I would love to tour with Marilyn Manson or Korn as they are two of my favourite artists.
 
Who writes the songs for Anti-Clone, and where does the inspiration come from?
 
We all take part in the writing process, most of our songs are about personal experiences or just our outlook on the world at large.

Were there any musicians in particular who inspired you to pick up an instrument or join a band?
 
Again, for me, Marilyn Manson is one of my biggest inspirations and the reason I got into this style of music.

How would you describe Anti-Clone’s music to someone who has never heard it before?

If Korn, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, and Deftones had a baby it would be Anti-Clone.

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Soon after that, the band released their awesome debut EP “Hands Sewn Together”, produced by Matt Hyde, who’s worked with Slipknot, Machine Head, Gallows, Funeral for a Friend, As I Lay Dying, Ash.

CDHSTSACTracks:

  1. Take This Pill
  2. Here Comes The Flood
  3. 1984
  4. System (FT John Knight)
  5. The Usurper

It’s a must-have EP for metal fans. I knew when I listened to it that this is a band who have something special.

I received my copy of the debut album about a week ago following the release, after the band’s successful Pledge Music campaign. I’ve listened to it a few times now and I think it’s the kind of album that not only shows the range of this band’s talent, but also gets better with each listen.

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“The Root of Man” is the first track on this brilliant debut album from Anti-Clone. “The root of man is evil, the root of man is sin”… starting as it means to go on “The Root of Man” album is an epic collection of songs that seem to follow a theme or concept to some extent, lyrically, if not also musically.

This intro segues into the second track: the angry “Deracinated”, which seems to be about a battle against being kept down and controlled or treated in a certain way; this band take the darker side of human nature, expose it, and dramatise it in songs that draw you in and grip you. There is a mix of the screaming/growling vocals that have become more popular in nu metal, as well as singing; Anti-Clone have found the perfect balance between the two.

The next song is “Switchblade”, another brutal sounding song, which at its core again seems to be an observation of the darker side of humanity… with lyrics such as “we can’t bleed on our own”.

Next up is “A Sight for Sewn Eyes”; a more introspective song with a melodic groove, and a dark side to the lyrics. Towards the end, there are the anthemic, almost chanting lyrics that bring the song to a close, “Nothing in this world matters anymore anyway; nothing you can say will change my mind…”.

“B9” is a dark, driving tune, that pulsates with an undertone of infuriation. “This is not what you want, this is not what I want,” — another set of repetitive, chanting lyrics, which is becoming a kind of trademark for this talented band.

Track 6 is “Twisted Neck”, which also has a brutal edge with dark lyrics and imagery. This one has quite a melodic sound to the vocals, is slower-paced with a steady, pounding sound.

“Mechanical Heart” follows. This is probably the best known track from the album as the band released a lyric video in January. It’s is one of my favourite tracks on the album and probably the closest in sound to the songs on their debut EP.

There is a lot to like about track 8, “Feed the Machine”, which combines hard-hitting lyrics and great guitar work. It’s a glorious feast of a song with many different layers.

“ComaSpace” comes next. It begins with about a minute of awesome instrumentals before the lyrics start. The first part is a beautifully mellow metal tune with some thought-provoking lyrics, it then bursts into a heavy centre, before falling back into the melodic mesmerising vocals, and then ending with some anthemic repetitive lyrics.

Track 10 is “Astaroth”; one of the shorter songs on the album but it packs a punch. It has a very catchy chorus, and a very “Anti-Clone” sound. I think this band have their own unique brand of metal.

The final song, “Sentinel”, is the longest song on the album at over seven minutes. It is a perfect mix of heavy and melodic, and another one of my favourites. When it fades out at the end, and you realise the album has ended, there’s an urge to play it all again from the start!

To sum up, this band is everything you’d want from a metal band. They are sure to become a new favourite for many. They walk the line between between old school and nu metal and they do it with style.

12516912_10156643195435585_668331954_oYou can order the album from the following sites:

HMV: http://store.hmv.com/music/cd/the-root-of-man

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Root-Man-Anti-Clone/dp/B01CJQXE4Q

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-root-of-man/id1090971573

Plastic Head: http://tinyurl.com/jjpafv6

hmv have included “The Root of Man” in their “HMV Recommends” section in the new Metal Hammer this month and also in all stores across the UK!

13095839_1320016254694078_8812203839413848756_nDefinitely a band to watch!

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