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The best kept secret in music


"Hard rock that shows no sign of going soft"

Genetik Blueprint, Obscenic,
Achren, Bannermans ***

IF there’s one genre of music thriving on Edinburgh’s music scene, it’s metal. Heavy rock bands attribute for almost one-third of local gigs and that popularity looks set to continue to rise.

Take Achren for example: long, pointy beards, poke-your-eye-out-shaped guitars and a penchant for subsonic growling. Every one of the Glaswegian trio’s "songs" was based on discord, suicide and social despair.

Okay, it’s not the type of music anyone’s granny is likely to entertain, however, despite the lack of a bass player, this technically spectacular attack on the senses was well worth witnessing.

Obscenic on the other hand, must go down as the world’s first cordless metal band. With no leads or wires to trip them up, the Dundonian five-piece spent more time "moshing" alongside the audience than they did onstage.

Spat out with machine gun-like ferocity, the band’s intense live show was best summed up at the end by their singer: "That’s it, we’re knackered. I can’t hear anything anymore."

Then Genetik Blueprint got up and almost blew the place to bits.

Once described as "a nuclear war powering through a set of speakers", this Falkirk combo are up there with such loud metal bands as Slayer and Napalm Death. Definitely not for the fainthearted.

As far as Monday night gigs go, this was an enjoyable, well-attended show. Each band gave it their all, and the crowd showed their appreciation, even if they were there to support someone else. The downside, though, if there is one, is none of the bands who played were from Edinburgh. And more’s the pity.

"Genetik Blueprint - EP"

The Scottish four-piece, Genetik Blueprint, is a young metal band with a few songs recorded that form a surprisingly solid base for future material. Making the live circuit rounds currently, they seem to be creating a rather large dent in the Scottish metal scene with regular gigs, and their very own street team.

Their EP is heavy and energetic, which combines several influences into a bludgeoning display of heavy metal. With a varied blend of sounds, which include the occasional electronic mix, there is a very good display of skill with their instruments. However, the element that stands out the strongest with this material is the quality of the song writing. A dynamic mix of song construction mixed with a sense of controlled use of aggression and atmosphere produces songs that hold up after repeated listens.

Add to this an interesting element of horror and thriller film clips, from Seven, Event Horizon, Evil Dead 2, and The Shining, which injects a shadowy mood into the music leaving something slightly deeper than the usual join-the-dots metal. rating
8/10. -


'Genetik Blueprint' 2004
'Calculate' 2005
'Fractionize' not released yet


Feeling a bit camera shy


Genetik blueprint formed in early 2003 when Dave, Duncan & Mark graduated from college, within a few months a wealth of material had been produced and with the further addition of Pat the circle was complete. After fulfilling the lack of bass in the band and also gaining our first gig under our belt the band went ahead and recorded their 5 track demo cd in March of 2004.

Since then the band have been out showcasing their music all around Scotland and increasing their ever popular "Genetik Blueprint street-team" (please email the band to become a member & get loads a freebies!!).
The band are now writing their best ever material (we think so!) and have had a great response from it at some of our most recent gigs.

Hopefully a new cd will follow shortly and a load more gigs is definitely on the cards.
The sounds cape that you have before you is the fruit of this labor showing the diversity of talent within Genetik Blueprint.
Dispersed with a wide range of influences Genetik Blueprint is the sound track to the end of the world.