I first saw Disposable during a Hellraiser Metal night at the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh last year. I remember thinking, “wow, those guys look young!” and then my soul left my body as the realisation that for the next 30 minutes I was going to have to endure an onslaught of 2004-07 interpreted American new-wave metal guff. I wasn’t on official Bone-Yard duties that night and as I tore further down the rabbit hole, my lust for debauchery far out-weighed my dedication to the cause that I preach so heavily and most likely had splattered across my T-shirt at the time. I was going to give this young bunch one song; one song to win me or forever lose me to the night.
It was at this point that these young reprobates slammed my face heavy with a sledge hammer of good old, “on the tin” thrash metal. My jaw split the ground. “They are really fuckin’ good” I yelled, like fucking wanker, to my brother – who was actually just standing right beside me. Together we head banged, riding every thrash wave that Disposable threw at us. After their set I congratulate the chaps on what was a refreshingly awesome set and thanked them for the riffs and good times.
I have since followed Disposables progress, I have attended many of their gigs over the past year and like a well aged bourbon, I have seen them mature as a band. So when they approached me with a copy of their debut album “At the Foot of the World” of course I agreed to give it a spin.
This is the bands first proper recording and unlike the majority of new-to-the-scene bands, they decided to record a full album rather than an EP; which they recorded at Sound Sound Studios, in Edinburgh.
The album blasts off the way I’d hope with all riff-thrusters at the max, most notably in track three, “Void”, which for me is the perfect example of Disposables sound. Everything is here, the guitar riffs are fast and to the point and cut like a razor blade through butter; the way thrash should be. The solos are vast and shredtacular, providing many an air guitar moment; the way they should be. The vocals echo that of a younger Tom Araya and are spat out with all the angst and “fuck you” you’d expect; the way they should be. And the drums…. well this is for me, where my only criticism comes into play and its nothing to do with the playing, as technically the drums are on top form, blasting, D-beating and crashing furiously throughout the album. However, in my opinion the drums, specifically the kick drum, are too prominent in the mix which gives the album a very contemporary feel – think Trivium, Lamb of God.
Now this is not a bad thing, if this is the sound the band aimed for then they execute it well and there will be many who eat it up by the bowl-full. But for me, thrash metal is lead by sharp guitar riffs, which in “At the Foot of the World” take more of a back seat to the kick drum. I would have liked to hear more of a garage sounding album, more raw and gritty hailing back to the sound of the early thrash metal bands of the 80′s; which would have separated Disposable from a pile that is becoming over saturated and out-dated.
That said, for a first album “At the Foot of the World” is strong and says a lot about the bands future within the Scottish metal scene. Here is a band full of talent and energy, who have displayed that they can thrash alongside some of Scotland’s more established metal acts any day of the week.
“At the Foot of the World” is due to be released on the 20th of September via Ouergh Records. You can attend the album launch which is being held at Studio 24 in Edinburgh on Saturday the 20th of September, doors at 7pm.