It’s easy to poke fun at the bands that have sprung up in the sometimes fallow fields of the metal genre as their identikit macho posturing so often exceeds even the most creative definition of parody. Reality, and imagination, rarely intrudes on their musical adventures but this, fortunately, is not the case with Bad Solution.
Don’t get me wrong though. This British/ Polish hybrid riff machine can still kick the door down anywhere they might go but there is substance beneath the volume. Duelling guitars might well be the power source of this EP yet a song like “Desert” easily demonstrates that Bad Solution have looked further than the good old USA for inspiration. Likewise, the Rage Against The Machine stylings of “Nothing” are less a case of reinvention than an outright attempt at disguising the confessional nature of the song. Sensitivity might be too strong a word to use but there is definitely a heart behind the words and credit is also due to Alex Willox for remembering that it is the voice and not the rasp that keeps a song alive in the memory of an audience.
There is no doubting the robustness of Bad solution’s performance throughout their “Self Destruct” EP and, while this might be all the genre fans will expect or need, the long term appeal of this band is in the quality of both their words and their music. They deserve a wider audience for they are more than just another metal band.