Sumo Cyco: Lost In Cyco City

Canadian punk metallers leave a lot of room for doubt

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If you’re one of those people who wished No Doubt were a bit heavier then… well… no one ever knew you existed. But you must do, because Sumo Cyco have formed with the sole intention of bringing your very specific and unusual wish to life.

After all, Gwen Stefani and co always knew how to pen a great, if a little fluffy, pop gem, so taking their blueprint and making it a bit more muscular for fans of heavier music makes sense. A shame, then, that this is mostly made up of pedestrian riffs and rehashed ideas, with vocalist Skye Sweetnam’s best karaoke Stefani impression.

In fact you’d go a long way to find a more grating and annoying vocal performance on an album this year. Disastrously, painfully unoriginal and with a curled lip snarl that make her pronounce words like ‘fire’ as ‘FY-HER’ she sounds as organic as the contents of a bottle of Fanta.

Ever wish No Doubt were heavier? You’ll be glad they aren’t when you hear Lost In Cyco City./o:p

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.