The Supervisors

Supervising The Industry

Written by: PP on 10/11/2011 03:11:30

The Supervisors are a little known technical punk from Oslo, Norway, who just released their debut album "Supervising The Industry" a couple of weeks ago. It's a fiercely technical, melodic punk rock record that takes its cues equally from A Wilhelm Scream's fantastic "Career Suicide" and This Is A Standoff's bright technical brilliance (and by extension, from Belvedere), while throwing in a hint of skate punk into the mix as well (see: "Seeing Through Myself", which sounds like a lightning speed version of NUFAN).

The songs are short, sweet, and to the point, averaging around the two-minute mark thanks to a frantic pace that makes mockery of anyone claiming you don't need to know how to handle your instrument in punk rock. The guitarist, in particular, deserves praise for his ability to swirl and curl out intricate melodies that carry the songs forward, even if they do sound a hell of a lot like A Wilhelm Scream at times. The vocals, too, resemble Pereira uncannily at times, but the style varies into cleaner yelling and more chaotic singing at times to keep things fresh.

Some of the melodies do suffer from the intense tempo that is upheld throughout the record, but then again, when the band gets it right, the mixture of sheer instrumental prowess, speed, and great melody lands the band a place with the big shots, such as on "Luck, Pluck And Virtue" or "Strike The Match". Now, if the band opens up their production just a teeny-weeny bit to expand the soundscape to the levels of A Wilhelm Scream, we're looking at a European punk band that's going to do some serious damage. For now, "Supervising The Industry" is merely a solid outing in technical punk rock, and a reminder that Norway, too, produces good bands in the genre.

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Download: Luck Pluck And Virtue,
For the fans of: A Wilhelm Scream, This Is A Standoff, After The Fall
Listen: Myspace

Release date 29.10.2011
5 Feet Under Records

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