Don’t Panic by Brussels-based three-piece sludge punk band Missiles of October was just plain loud from the moment I started playing the album. It was a shear volume attack, and, coming from someone who likes to play everything at full volume, that is saying a lot.
Missiles of October’s Facebook page describes this band perfectly in three words: “LOUD, DIRTY & ANGRY!!!” And, from what we have here on this album, I would say their mission has been accomplished.
I must confess, I don’t generally like the whole sludge punk genre. However, there is something rather great about this simple, all-out attack style this band has that I do enjoy. It is just straight up ballsy, which I do imagine would make them great fun in a live setting.
There are some catchy moments on this album; the riff to “Dance With Me” is the type of riff that is simple, a real ear worm that could very easily get stuck in your head for days. Also, the real punk-style vocal goes really well in what the band does as a whole. Overall, their sound very much makes me think of the likes of Mondo Generator. If you are a fan, I do think you will like Missiles of October as well.
Unfortunately, for me, they are very much something I would have to be in the mood for, though I would like to see their live show as I think on stage they would be great fun. For my tastes, I find their music a little too simple and the riffs repetitive, sometimes for minutes at a time. I like a good bit of variation in a band’s music and I just don’t hear that here.
In closing, I really love the attitude of the band and the ‘take no prisoners’ feel their music puts across. Again, I would like to see them live. However, the verse riff/chorus riff/repeat approach makes me feel there is something lacking. For this reason, I give this album a 6 out of 10.
Written by Paul Foxon