Energica - The Smell

Russ Essom 04/04/2006

Rating: 5/5

This song totally hits you, hard. Beginning with truly hardcore, heavy-metal riffery that will get even the sternest of head-bangers out of their doom-chairs, then following up with rapped vocals over nothing but drums is an odd mix, but my good god it works.

The song has everything a rock fan could want, screamed bits, heavy-as-you-like bits, melodic bits, Linkin Park-ish bits, hard drumming and mean-ass guitars. And the best part?

These boys are clearly having a bit of a laugh.

The lyrics are jokily overworked and witty, the screams are meaningless, but you can't help but love them. Basically, this song is reminiscent, not in sound, in attitude of The Darkness, but with less Lycra and more angst.