Appearances can be deceiving in the case of Thetford’s William English. Their album cover resembles something normally found on a relaxation tape, but within the first few seconds of album opener ‘Bud Vessel,’ it’s clear this ain’t no relaxation tape.
Basic Human Error is a ferocious album with the force of a jackhammer. It smacks right in the face and leaves bruise, then going in again for another punch. Whether it is a short offering like ‘Bud Vessel,’ or ‘A Monger,’ or a lengthy odyssey like ‘Life of a Fisherman,’ or the two part ‘Grandpa Sorrow,’ this album contains a firestorm of sorrow, riffs, breakdowns which makes an unholy racket. Vocalist Shane Miller delivers demonic vocals throughout BHE, clearly taking a few queues from Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod and the late Johnny Morrow of Iron Monkey. Musically this band appears to be influenced by Pantera, Raging Speedhorn, Down with a slight death metal influence too. But there’s also a hint of modern bands such as Hang The Bastard and fellow Essex sludgers Meadows. It may take a few listens to fully digest, but once swallowed you will realise this cocktail of fury and riffs is the beginning of something special.
Even though the songs are hard to differentiate from one another apart from their length, with some songs suffering from being overlong, Basic Human Error is still a great debut album from one of Britain’s best undiscovered gems.
Favourite tracks: Bud Vessel, Seaweed, A Monger
1. Bud Vessel
2. Life of a Fisherman
4. Captain Tugboat
5. Grandpa Sorrow Pt 1
6. A Monger
7. Grandpa Sorrow Pt 2
William English are:
Vocals: Shane Miller
Drums: Joseph Woodbury
Guitar: David Vickers
Bass : Callum ‘The Wizard’ Gibbe