In February 2005, the band ONE BULLET LEFT was formed by former members of the bands HALFLIFE, ONE EGG IN THE BACKPACK, DEXTER’S DREAM and MANSTRACTOR. Only half a year later, their first self-produced demo left the pressing plant. There are four songs on it, which makes for a total length of almost 17 minutes.
Right off the bat you realize that this is not standard Hardcore. Their music is composed of elements of Hardcore and Metalcore as well as a big portion of melody. This makes for an interesting mixture that warrants a lot of variety. Anyway, you can say that their style is pretty original. Partly the Hardcore respectively Metalcore riffs are turned into heavy staccato passages, while the drummer provides for many sharp blast attacks. For the most part the vocals are quite aggressive, partly they are replaced by clean singing, though – which fits really well.
It’s the perfect mixture that provides for variety here, too. In fact it is sad this demo contains only four tracks, as this quarter of an hour passes very quickly, but considering that this band has been existing for only four months, the songs are very mature and well-done. As a result of this you will anxiously wait for the album, which will certainly be released soon. After all, the guys are writing a lot for their upcoming shows. Fans of this genre should definitely give this a try, after all it’s for free, as there are two songs to be listened to on their homepage. Among them, there’s also my personal favourite “Alive”, which is the demo’s best tune to my mind. (Online Dezember 6, 2005)