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Reject The Sickness - The Weight Of Silence album review

Belligerent Belgian metallers go straight for the gut

Cover art for Reject The Sickness - The Weight Of Silence album

The way the sound of the metal scene has advanced over the last couple of years has been a joy to behold. But you also have to admire those bands who are digging in their heels and indulging themselves purely and exclusively in the sound of straightforward, naked aggression. Belgian quintet Reject The Sickness take a similar approach to bands like Devildriver, in that, seemingly, the only truly challenging thing about them is to see if their audience can shake their head clean off their shoulders. This is gruff, brash, powerful, instantaneously vicious metal music. Full stop. And while The Weight Of Silence is fairly predictable and one-paced, and will certainly struggle to make many end-of-year lists, if you don’t get excited by the snarl of a song like Saviour you may well be reading the wrong magazine.

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.