Bayonet – Bayonet EP
Record Label: Mightier Than Sword Records
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Let’s face it: we’ve all been waiting for Bayonet’s official introductory release ever since we found out about the line-up. Well, this EP proves it was worth the wait in every way. Basically, Bayonet combines the heavy parts of Senses Fail – vocally, at least – with the pure chaos of early hardcore bands, instrumentally. The result of this unison is the heaviest EP of the year. Buddy Nielsen absolutely destroys his vocal chords, screaming his lungs out minute after minute over deafening double bass pedals and drop-tuned guitars.
“Nightmare” is the first punch in the gut, driven by Nielsen’s roar and raw the instrumentation of the band. At this point, it’s clear there’s no slowing down anytime soon. As expected, lyrically this EP is cathartic and painfully honest. Screams of “I live my life like I’m going to hell / So when I get there I won’t feel like I failed” are drilled into your head throughout the opening track. Raw drumming and full-voltage guitars set the high-speed pace on the raucous 1-minute “Who’s Gonna Want Me Now,” which is arguably the heaviest track on the EP, while “Harsh” opens with haunting clean vocals, a definite change from the norm, before kicking in to Nielsen’s signature roar.
“Black Bird” keeps the voltage on 10, with Paul Klien’s drumming being the backbone of the track. The screams of “All I ever wanted was for you to love me” are frenzied throughout the track, making “Black Bird” out to be the most vulnerable of these five tracks, with Nielson continuing, “No matter what I do / I always forget to forget you.” The final “New York Minutes” starts with Jeremy Comitas’ soft guitar play before taking off into another auditory beat down with the fiery screams that end this guttural EP.
As the first piece of this hardcore side project, Bayonet will surely please many listeners looking for a simply heavy EP. It’s a different side of Buddy Nielsen – and the darker side, at that. The musicianship also creates a thunderous ride, proving that each of these four members brings something to needed to the table. With these five tracks, Bayonet seem to have set the bar for heavy music this year.