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William English – Basic Human Error

A firestorm of sorrow, riffs, breakdowns which makes an unholy racket.

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

William English Basic Human Error

Track listing:
1. Bud Vessel
2. Life of a Fisherman
3. Seaweed
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
Guitar: Carter
Bass : Callum ‘The Wizard’ Gibbe

William English band 2015

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Jack
About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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