With a name like This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You, you get the impression that this Swedish five piece are a group of pubescent, wannabe teenagers trying to make it as the next Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red or The Black Dahlia Murder…… How wrong would you be! Combining vicious, groove laden beat downs, aggressive vocal lines and mind-blowing 8 bit dance/techno parts, This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You show that you don’t have to be big and signed to a major label to play killer modern metal and through 15 all killer, no filler tracks prove that they are one of the best metalcore bands to emerge in the past five years.
101010 is an album that is all about aggression – and from the pounding, blast beating drums, to the punchy, in your face guitar beat downs; This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You have delivered just over one hour of pure and powerful heavy perfection. The brutality never falters making 101010 and album that you can bang your head to, throw down in the pit to and scream the lyrics to at the top of your voice. Tracks like ‘Glass Wall’, ‘Take to Your Guns’ and ‘Harridan’ are all songs that have the wow factor, made up of smashingly heavy choruses, distorted, down tuned guitar lines and lead singer Samuel Skoog’s mind blowing vocals to form some of the heaviest, grittiest, mosh-fests known to man.
There is a punk like element to 101010, making the songs catchy, tight and all the more heavy. The fact that the majority of the songs on this album are around three minutes long really makes these songs all the more memorable. If songs like ‘I Want the Press to Know’, ‘One Last Dance’ and ‘The Great Psycho Of Them All’ where that bit longer, then they would not be able to make an impact on the listener and would start to sound repetitive. The way these tracks have been written makes them some of the most memorable metalcore songs of the 21st century and This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You should be extremely proud of every single song on 101010.
If you are a fan of your dubstep/techno music then This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You will most definitely appeal to you too. The little MIDI and keyboard flourishes and bridges really add diversity and difference to the rest of 101010 making it a unique album to anything that is currently out on the market. Bands should take a leaf out of This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You’s book and look into adding dance elements to their music, because let’s face it……. It’s one of the most popular genres of music at the moment, but we still prefer the Farang DE.
This Is Not A Game Of Who The Fuck Are You deserve to be bigger than what they are. A band who have shown both their skills as musicians and song writers, this Swedish five piece have released an astounding debut record that really pushes the boat out in modern metal music! [9/10]