Nothing More To Eat comes from Helsinki, Finland, and have released one EP before this, their self-titled debut full-length.

According to their own words, the band plays "fast and aggressive d-beat based hardcore with blastbeats," and it's very true to some extent. The songs rely on d-beat's traditional simplisticity and the riffs are based on hardcore punk, but that's not all. There's a lot of variation in the riffs, but the most memorable thing about them is their relaxed and laid-back feel. Even at their most aggressive, the songs make the listener feel good and energetic. The two vocalists are very different from each other, which gives the songs additional variation and aggression.

In my eyes, NMTE is clearly a live-band, and I bet they can create a moshpit wherever they go. That doesn't mean their expertise would work in recorded form as well, though. The riffs are rather traditional for most of the time, and their grooviness isn't enough to keep them interesting through extensive listening sessions. The drumming is skilled but not that bold, and the ridiculously loud bass drum sound steals way too much attention from the guitar and especially the bass guitar. The shouted vocals are good and suit the band's expression, but the more often present growled snarls sound monotonal, boring and out of place. I'm not sure if they're just very compressed or somehow effected, but it sounds like they've been boosted a lot and like the vocalist is growling with a bit of water in his mouth. It all makes them a dull, repetitive gurgle, nothing else.

I'm not sure if the band was aiming to create a somehow humorous production, but for me it did nothing but initially come off as professional, and later reveal itself to be rather dull and one-dimensional. The songs are appealing at first, but the album's clumsy flow and boring soundscape does them a lot of damage.

The album seems to fall in the awkward place between two positives; it has a lot of humour and catchiness, but also seriousness and true intent to create aggressive hit songs. In my eyes & ears this comes off as a lack of character, and it is probable that the band's second album will be better and more focused than this one. The question remains; will the band aim to become more serious and abandon the compositions' silly gimmicks and light-hearted groove, or will they take these beer-drenched elements even further and abandon a chunk of their aggression. Either way, something has to change for the band to sound more appealing and original.

I recommend you to check out NMTE in a live-setting, but I really can't recommend buying this album unless you want a good soundtrack for drinking beer with grind-appreciating friends of yours. The band's concept could be taken to way more extreme spheres, and perhaps then it would attract my attention. As of now, I found it mostly disappointing, and the production values couldn't be much further from my preferences. Nothing More To Eat needs to refine their craft further, find more originality, keep a higher standard for the compositions' quality, and to overall have a good talk about whether they've found the exact thing they want to do and accomplish with their band, or whether they should do/try something all different.

5 / 10