The One Hundred are one of those unique bands which can’t really be defined by genres. With their debut E.P. ‘Subculture’, you get a number of different influences, be it grime, rap or even metalcore. These influences are then melted down and what is forged is something incredibly unique and refreshing. You have to admire the boys in The One Hundred for the audacity to mix the amount of different sounds here. Of course they’re not the first to embark on this kind of route; we’ve already had Enter Shikari doing something inherently similar. Hacktivist are another band that has attempted to meld rap and metal music, and ultimately have succeeded incredibly. The One Hundred have embarked on the same sort of genre-blurring journey, and what they’ve created is incredibly easy to dance to, and at the same time violent and heavy, all in one tight little 6 track package.
Included in ‘Subculture’ are a couple of tracks that we’ve already been introduced to, ‘Breed’ and ‘Kingsmen’. If you haven’t checked out these tracks yet then you’re lagging behind, but it’s ok, you can redeem yourself by being introduced to the whole package instead. ‘Breed’ was the first track to be released by The One Hundred, and it’s a perfect introduction to each of their sounds. On the surface you have Jacob Field’s distinctive English rap-come-singing style and the hard hitting drums and guitar tones, but behind it all you also have a subtle, but ever present, grime tone which just holds the entire track together, giving it substance, and making it more than just a bog standard metalcore track. ‘Kingsmen’ is their second track and brings the hip-hop tones to the forefront instead. This is the beauty about this band, they have so many directions that they can head for, and this E.P seems to be a showcase of all their talents.
The last three tracks are brand new, never heard before tracks, ‘Unleashed’ is a no holds barred dance fuelled, hardcore vocal, ride, which carries you throughout on a fantastic electronic tone, yet at the same time it doesn’t lose any of its metal roots, keeping them close, and never turning into a fully drum and bass track. ‘Tale of Two Cities’ is more of the same as the last, a highly energetic dance track with very apparent metal and hardcore influences creating a kick ass track. To finish off ‘Downfall’ is an incredible pure grime track to finish off ‘Subculture’ in style. The hardcore vocals are still there, but at its very heart ‘Downfall’ is a grime track.
The One Hundred are certainly on course to becoming a totally unique and interesting band. It takes a fair bit to stand out in the music industry these days, and creating something incredibly fresh and new definitely helps with that. There are a couple of things that bug me about ‘Subculture’ in total, be it the weird choice to slow down or alter the vocals at points during the track, or that these tracks may not have been as catchy as they could have. Overall though, this doesn’t take much away from a fantastic debut E.P. from a band that are really going to be moving up in popularity very quickly.