The Qemists: Warrior Sound

Electronic agitators make a swing towards the rock scene

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Having previously collaborated with Mike Patton and Enter Shikari, Brighton drum’n’bass crew The Qemists have ‘done a Pendulum’ and made a full grab for the rock crowd.

While musically Warrior Sound isn’t a massive departure from their previous albums (worth a listen if you’re into your stadium d’n’b), they’ve beefed up their sound and added a fair few guitar licks to make the likes of Jungle, Let It Burn and stomping lead single Run You ample mosh fodder, while a showing from Crossfaith’s Ken Koie on Anger keeps the rockstar cameo box ticked.

Unsurprisingly, Pendulum remain Qemists’ most obvious reference point, with cuts like New Design and Push The Line sounding like they could have been stripped straight from the Aussie heavyweights’ Immersion album. Still, while it’s hard to see Qemists making a similar impact of their own, it’s a respectable stab at crossing streams, and when it hits, it hits fucking hard.

Don’t back them to be headlining Wembley yet, but Qemists could be soundtracking a rock night near you very soon indeed.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.