We start this album with a wonderful piece of chilled-out instrumental work (interrupted, of course, by those annoying 'don't copy me and share with your friends' beeping noises). It's not long though before the first of the nineteen proper songs kicks in. SSS will no doubt be lumped in with the retro-thrash crowd, but really they're more akin to the likes of DRI and S.O.D; the hardcore punk influences shining through nicely. There's a wry sense of humour here too. 'Thrash with a Small Moustache' should have everyone rolling around uncontrollably, if not physically, at least metaphorically. Of course, there will be little time to roll around when the majority of the songs will have you, beer in one hand, with your other raising horns, nodding your head sagely in time with the often manic pace of the tunes. They never outstay their welcome, ranging from just a few seconds to a couple of minutes; if you don't like a song, it's almost quicker to sit though it than to press 'next' on your remote. This really is music to mosh to. And that is all you will do whilst listening to it; this isn't armchair music. If you are a party monster, this is the perfect album for you. If, however, you like a bit of a cerebral challenge with your heavy, you need to back away now. There are other bands that tackle social issues incredibly well, and that is not SSS' mantra. They are here to get you partying like it's 1989. Amen to that.
THE DIVIDING LINE
Review by Steve Cowan
20th October 2008
1) The Dividing Line; 2) Oil And Water; 3) The Bastard Stench; 4) Waiting Game; 5) Toxic Bee; 6) Thrash With A Small Moustache; 7) Can't Burst The Bubble; 8) Bored; 9) Invertebrate; 10) Purple Reign; 11) Hammerhead; 12) Skate And Destroy; 13) Ride The Best - Fuck The Rest; 14) Flick The Switch; 15) Time's Up; 16) Street Leech; 17) Cherry Island; 18) 3.06; 19) Last Defence; 20) Unrest In The Northwest
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"They are here to get you partying like it's 1989."