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Chickenhawk - A? Or Not. EP

'A? Or Not.' is thirteen and a half minutes of sprawling, monstrous noise that is an absolute glory to be immersed in.

Released 22 Sep 2009 // By Phill May // Rating: 5/5
Chickenhawk - A? Or Not. EP

'A? Or Not.' is thirteen and a half minutes of sprawling, monstrous noise that is an absolute glory to be immersed in. The three tracks are led by ‘I Hate This, Do You Like it?’; a heart-quickening, thunderous tune that starts and stop as it pleases and happen to accompany one of the finest music videos of the year (zombies + metal = awesome). There is no respite on this EP, it keeps going at a relentless pace, ‘Son Of Cera’ is a searing blast that lasts four and a half minutes but flies past in seconds, and older cut ‘NASA Vs ESA’ was responsible for this reviewer nearly headbanging his skull clean off his shoulders at Reading Festival, and will put you in the same danger.

The musicianship here brings to mind Sikth and System Of A Down in its technicality, ferocity and its refusal to follow the rules of song structure. There is no question of potential or promise. When Chickenhawk’s first full-length arrives, it will blow you to smithereens.

‘I Hate This, Do You Like it?’ video: