Dark Knights Of Camelot give audiences nothing new with their
Hurrication EP, but they sure show a fetish for post-grunge
styled guitar rockets secured in roughly cut bass lugs and chunky
thickets of drum strikes. Lead vocalist/guitarist Ben Shea
has a coarse texture in his register that fodders the grumbling rhythmic
strokes of bassist Harry Crumbler and drummer Simon Davenport.
Hurrication solders a garage band fluidity and knotting reminiscent
of Queens Of The Stone Age and a raw edge emblematic of Smashing
Pumpkins. The album seems more like a tribute to the post grunge
era than anything else as the trio sculpts melodic hooks and seams
that musicians were inspired by 10 years ago.
The bluesy grunge style of Shea's guitar chords in "Purple Undertones"
bodes well with the folksy tint of his vocals cushioned in lightly
whipped drum churns. Aside from "Purple Undertones," the
record is pretty much steamlined to post-grunge's hoarse gurgles and
groaning and trimmings of raw shreds. Shea's vocal slurs grease the
frazzled vibrations stretching across "I'd Rather You,"
while the stormy, dark, sinister feel of "Duple" has a gothic
The five tracks on Hurrication have briquets charred in post
grunge flames and markings of garage band burns. The album offers
nothing new for audiences, but enjoys a genuine love affair with music
that is descriptive of the previous decade. Though the Dark Knights
Of Camelot seem solidly entrenched in their own musical influences,
Hurrication may not be a throwaway album but rather something
for the band to build from and start 2010 relying on their own sound
instead of rehashing someone else's.
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