Release Review: “Knockout Machine” – Baby Godzilla, EP, out now.

Provide Baby Godzilla with the means to perform live (basically anywhere with electricity, and preferably alcohol) and pure chaos will unfold; beautiful, insane, explosive chaos, hitting you in the face with the force of a wrecking ball and leaving you for dead in a mass of jagged riffs, bone-crushing screams and hardcore brilliance.
Such disarray when captured and condensed into a measly MP3 file can more than often lose its charm. Thankfully this is not the case for Baby Godzilla on their latest EP “Knockout Machine”, which successfully captures their unpredictable attraction and highlights just how scarily tight they are as a band.
Opening track “A Good Idea Realised” is as much a master class in how to grab everyone’s attention as it is in technical riffery. This is followed up nicely by the thirty-six seconds of noise that goes by the name of “Trogloraptor”; yes it is just as brilliant as the title suggests. “Whorepaedo” takes things up a notch with its frantic bass intro and The Chariot-esque feedback-drenched middle section, before closing with a spine-tingling, angst-filled refrain of the lyric: “You’re all whores and I’m Jack The Ripper”. “A Great Idea Bastardised” harks back to the opening track and contrasts mind-boggling riffs with the welcome simplicity of some punk-rock head banging opportunities. Closing track “In The Name Of Science And Progress” continues to deliver the goods with its uncompromising heaviness, introduction of melodic vocals, and an eye-wateringly sludgy outro that sounds as though it might provide the perfect framework for some equipment and/or stage destroying opportunities.
From supporting Enter Shikari earlier this year, to receiving praise from pretty much every mainstream alternative music magazine, Baby Godzilla’s path of destruction shows no signs of slowing down. Go and download Knockout Machine for FREE from and catch them on tour with Black Spiders this October.
10 out of 10, out now, Sam Barnes

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